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The Mediating NationLate American Realism, Globalization, and the Progressive State$
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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

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Freedom Amongst Aliens

Freedom Amongst Aliens

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

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

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618456.003.0006

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

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