n Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa - Zur Überwindung geographischer und Konstruktion mentaler Grenzen am Beispiel europäisch-asiatischer Kulturbegegnungen : Rahmenbedingungen

Volume 29, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1273



Travelogues of European (especially German) travellers in Japan between 1853 and 1914 represent documents of a very specific transgression of frontiers. Due to the politics of self-isolation for over 200 years, Japan offers an example for the specific importance of political, economical and cultural frontiers. When the American Commodore Perry in 1853 forced the country to open its frontiers, a new chapter in Japanese History began, the beginning of an intense Japanese-European cultural transfer and exchange. The hypothesis of the article is that the transgression of geographical frontiers is not necessarily linked to the transgression of mental frontiers. The article, therefore, focusses on the complex literary construction of the relationship between geographical, mental and semiotic boundaries.

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