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    Title: Erasing Footsteps: On Some Differences between the First and Popular Editions of Isabella Bird's Unbeaten Tracks in Japan
    Authors: Ozawa Shizen
    Contributors: 淡江大學英文學系
    Keywords: Isabella Bird;identity;revisions;political implications;Ainu people;missionary activities;travel writing
    Date: 2008-06
    Issue Date: 2013-04-11
    Publisher: Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press
    Abstract: This chapter examines the political implications of the revisions made to Unbeaten Tracks in Japan by Isabella Bird. The idealization of the Ainu people, the culminating northern point of her journey, consigns them to historical defeat, victims of the racial struggle for existence. In particular, it investigates how editorial changes alter the character of the traveler. It also shows how representations of Japan are accordingly modified. Finally, it reviews the most conspicuous difference between the two editions — the erasing of most of the references to missionary activities in Japan. Perhaps the act of travel writing is itself an effort to redefine identity, which contact with the other destabilizes to some extent. If this is the case, differences between the first and the popular editions of Unbeaten Tracks in Japan cast an interesting light upon the ways in which cultural boundaries are redrawn in the process of recounting travel.
    Relation: Asian Crossings: Travel Writing on China, Japan and Southeast Asia, pp.87-97
    DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099142.001.0001
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