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Nagasaki <i>Ts&#363;ji</i> in historical novels by Yoshimura Akira

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Abstract

This chapter attempts to illustrate the significance of studying the history ofinterpreting through novels, focusing on Yoshimura Akira who portrayedpre-modern interpreters within socio-political contexts of the time. Fourof Yoshimura&#8217;s novels will be analyzed: (1) Fuyu no Taka (1974), describingthe translation of a medical book in Dutch into Japanese; (2) Von Siebold noMusume (1978), offering an insight into the role of interpreters; (3) Umi noSairei (1989) illustrating how Ranald MacDonald taught English in Japan; and(4) Kurofune (1978), depicting interpreters at the time when American battleshipscame. Yoshimura&#8217;s works testify the potential of historical novels as analternative way of studying past interpreters to help us understand how theylived and how they worked.

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