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American Evangelists and Tuberculosis in Modern Japan$
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Elisheva A. Perelman

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9789888528141

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888528141.001.0001

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“The Snow-White Shawl”

“The Snow-White Shawl”

Tuberculosis in Meiji and Taishō Japan

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American Evangelists and Tuberculosis in Modern Japan

Elisheva A. Perelman

Hong Kong University Press

The next chapter presents the literary mythopoeia surrounding tuberculosis in both Euro-American literature and its Japanese counterpart in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Both of these literary traditions, the so-called “Western” and the Japanese, evince analogous stigmas against and stereotypes of the disease and its victims, including eroticism and revulsion, touching upon sensuality, insanity, and dishonor. Similarly, as the etiology of the disease was made clearer with notions of germ theory, these stigmas altered, but still remained prejudicial and incorrect nonetheless. Nevertheless, this misinformation shaped how the Japanese public considered tuberculosis, including by those suffering from the disease themselves.

Keywords:   Euro-American literature, Japanese literature, Stigma, Etiology

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