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By William Gleason

On the flip of the final century, as routinized business exertions made a mockery of the gospel of labor, american citizens more and more sought achievement no longer at the task yet of their rest actions. This ebook explores the a number of and, from time to time, contradictory tensions surrounding this flip to play and examines their effect on 19th- and early-twentieth-century American literature. Arguing that American writers participated within the ongoing debates over hard work and rest extra strenuously than is often understood, the writer indicates how literary narratives either replied to and contributed to shaping the rising gospel of play.

Richly grounded in social, political, and financial background, this ebook demonstrates the ways in which discussions of rest engaged the main urgent problems with the age: immigration, women's rights, public overall healthiness, race relatives, mass tradition, and maybe most vital, the character and which means of labor itself. the place turn-of-the-century activity reformers expected play because the revivifying substitute to fashionable labor's attack at the self, American writers from Henry David Thoreau to Zora Neale Hurston came across that imaginative and prescient too deeply indebted to the very approach it sought to fix. The deadly flaw of play conception, those writers insisted, was once its dedication to an ideology of reasonable play and teamwork drawn now not from the spirit of the playground yet from the construction- and profit-minded ethos of company capitalism.

Broad in scope and approach, and based through a chain of unique and illuminating pairings of texts and authors—including Thoreau and Mark Twain, Abraham Cahan and Ole Rölvaag, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Edna Ferber, James Weldon Johnson and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Theodore Dreiser and Richard Wright, and William Faulkner and Hurston—this booklet bargains an enormous new course for the learn of work, rest, and illustration.

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Nikolai Rezanov, who brought castaways from Sendai in 1804 in another ill-fated attempt to open trade relations with Japan, recalled in his travel diaries that Nagasaki interpreters held portraits of Empress Catherine in high esteem. There were also women in Japan who admired Russian-style marriage. 27 Under the patriarchal system of Japan she was expected to marry and sacrifice herself for the sake of her family. 28 Makuzu saw here the model of an ideal marriage based on mutual respect. An idealized Russia was the subject of much adoration.

Tokyo: Nauka, 1985). e. , Akademiia Nauk, 1734). Jean Baptista Tavernier, Kurtzen Begriff Unterschiedener und Sonderbahrer Beschreibungen, Davon er in der Beschreibung seiner orientalischen Reisen keine Meldung gethan, I, . . Ein Bericht von Japan, Genff, 1681; Fr. Caron, Rechte Beschryvingen van hel machtigh Koninghrijck van Jappan, door den Heer Philipps Lucas, ende door de Her Caron, Gravenhage, 1661. S. Znamenskii, V poiskakh Iaponii: iz istorii russkih geograficheskih otkrytii i morehodstva v Tikhom okeane, p.

This was the time when the Russian government lost its enthusiasm for establishing contact with Japan, however, at the end of the eighteenth century the Russian-American Company was established with the obvious goal to expand foreign trade. In 1775, ten years prior to Kodayu’s stay in Russia, the Pugachev uprising was suppressed. This was followed by several wars with Turkey and Sweden, involving the annexation of the Crimea and partition of Poland. During such momentous events, any importance attached to Japan seemed irrelevant.

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