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Issue Details: First known date: 2000... 2000 Madame Izan, Butterflies and the Incomprehensible Japanese
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Analyses Praed's novel and contrasts it with depictions of Japanese women in other western fiction which illustrate the 'Butterfly phenomenon' - the exoticisation of Japanese women and portrayals of the inevitable tragedy in relationships between them and western men. She finds Praed's novel remarkably free of romanticising and sees it as providing a fairly clear-eyed view of an actual country. 'Praed's perspective as a female, expatriate writer enabled her to approach Japan from a different perspective to that of male writers who had their own, masculine versions of Orientalism' (170).

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    y separately published work icon Interactions : Essays on the Literature and Culture of the Asia-Pacific Region Dennis Haskell (editor), Ron Shapiro (editor), Nedlands : UWA Publishing University of Western Australia. Centre for Studies in Australian Literature , 2000 Z873065 2000 anthology criticism A collection of eighteen essays arising out of a symposium with the same name held at the University of Western Australia in December 1997. Essays are grouped into three sections - "Cultural Identity in the Global Economy", "Gender and Sexuality" and "Travel and Initiation" -and subjects examined include fiction, autobiography, poetry, film, television, drama, and stand-up comedy. The book "celebrates writing in various forms from a particular region of an internationalised world, and the contributors explore cultural interactions of diverse kinds" (Introduction, p.ix). Nedlands : UWA Publishing University of Western Australia. Centre for Studies in Australian Literature , 2000 pg. 164-170
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    Japan,
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    East Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
  • Asia,
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