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Purloined Letters: Cultural Borrowing and Japanese Crime Literature, 1868-1937

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This engaging study of the detective story's arrival in Japan--and of the broader cross-cultural borrowing that accompanied it--argues for a reassessment of existing models of literary influence between unequal cultures. Because the detective story had no pre-existing native equivalent in Japan, the genre's formulaic structure acted as a distinctive cultural marker, making ...more
Hardcover, 217 pages
Published April 7th 2008 by University of Hawaii Press
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Asails F
Mar 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
An accurate depiction. Really a reflection on what was happening in Japan.

Years ago (1977) in a conversation I had with the author I talked about an article I read in Playboy magazine that brought light on the state of affairs of detective work in Japan.

It's about time a work discussing the phenomena has been completed.
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