Lost in Transmission. Maps of Japan by Daikokuya Kōdayū 大黒屋 光太夫 (1751–1828) : article de V. Dorofeeva-Lichtmann et E. Simonova-Gudzenko, disponible en accès libre

Nouvelle parution : Vera Dorofeeva-Lichtmann and Ekaterina Simonova-Gudzenko, “Lost in Transmission: Maps of Japan by Daikokuya Kōdayū 大黒屋 光太夫 (1751 – 1828)” In:Übersetzungspolitiken in der Frühen Neuzeit / Translation Policy and the Politics of Translation in the Early Modern Period, eds. Antje Flüchter, Andreas Gipper, Susanne Greilich and Hans-Jürgen Lüsebrink. Berlin – Heidelberg: Springer / J.B. Metzler, 2024, pp. 253-300.

The maps of Japan by Daikokuya Kōdayū (1751–1828) were drawn during the author’s detention in Russia (1783–1792). Though rooted in Japanese cartographic tradition, they do not copy any known map of Japan. Because they were created specifically for “foreign” usage, they contain a wealth of translations and comments. All of the maps are large-scale coloured manuscripts (ca. 65–75 × 120–150 cm) and resemble one another but are not identical. We begin by determining when and where Kōdayū could have made his maps and comparing the material attributes and general characteristics of the extant copies. Then we go on to trace the maps’ afterlife, placing special emphasis on the Asch Collection. Kōdayū’s work amounts to a multi-lingual diachronic enterprise of drawing and translating a map of Japan for the benefit of the Russian state. The focus of our study is to analyze why this so very interesting enterprise failed: hardly had the maps been completed than they were sent off to Germany as curiosities—or simply forgotten.

ISSN 2661-8109
ISSN 2661-8117 (electronic)

Übersetzungskulturen der Frühen Neuzeit

ISBN 978-3-662-67338-6
ISBN 978-3-662-67339-3 (eBook)

https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-67339-3



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Yasuko D'Hulst (2024, 2 avril). Lost in Transmission. Maps of Japan by Daikokuya Kōdayū 大黒屋 光太夫 (1751–1828) : article de V. Dorofeeva-Lichtmann et E. Simonova-Gudzenko, disponible en accès libre. Carnets du Centre Japon. Consulté le 26 mai 2024, à l’adresse https://doi.org/10.58079/w53n

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