The Chrysanthème Papers: The Pink Notebook of Madame Chrysanthème and Other Documents of French Japonisme

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University of Hawaii Press, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 165 pages
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Pierre Loti's novel Madame Chrysantheme (1888) enjoyed great popularity during the author's lifetime, served as a source of Puccini's opera Madama Butterfly, and remains in print to this day as a classic in Western literature. Loti's story describes the affair between a French naval officer and Chrysantheme, a temporary bride purchased in Nagasaki. More broadly, Loti's novel helped define the terms in which Occidentals perceived Japan as delicate, feminine, and, to use one of Loti's favorite words, 'preposterous' - in short, ripe for exploitation. Written by Felix Regamey, a talented illustrator with firsthand knowledge of Japan, The Pink Notebook of Madame Chrysantheme (1893) retells Loti's story but this time as the diary of Chrysantheme.

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Introduction by Christopher Reed
The Pink Notebook of Madame Chrysanthème by Félix Régamey
Selections from Madame Chrysanthème Pierre Loti and Walks through Japan Emile Guimet

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Chris Reed is senior lecturer and head of research at the School of Computing, University of Dundee. He is the head of the Argumentation Research Group at Dundee, which has been instrumental in the development of the Argument Interchange Format, an international standard for computational work in the area.

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