Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Mediating NationLate American Realism, Globalization, and the Progressive State$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Nathaniel Cadle

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469618456

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618456.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.northcarolina.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of North Carolina Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in NCSO for personal use.date: 01 July 2022

Freedom Amongst Aliens

Freedom Amongst Aliens

Jack London, Lafcadio Hearn, and the Alternative Modernity of Japan

(p.161) Chapter Five Freedom Amongst Aliens
The Mediating Nation

Nathaniel Cadle

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on the role played by literature in the widespread adoption of the European model of overseas imperialism, one of the more prominent and controversial processes of globalization at the turn of the twentieth century. More specifically, it examines the history of America's overseas expansion, with particular reference to its unique relationship with Japan. It also analyzes Jack London's Russo-Japanese War correspondence and Lafcadio Hearn's non-fiction books about Japan to highlight an example of what the philosopher Charles Taylor calls “alternative modernities”—the existence of modernized but non-westernized societies. Finally, it explains the relationship between “racialism” and “alternative modernities”.

Keywords:   literature, imperialism, globalization, America, Japan, Jack London, Russo-Japanese War, Lafcadio Hearn, alternative modernities, racialism

North Carolina Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .