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Daniel Reff
Ohio State University (Columbus, OH 43210-1132)

Fellowships for University Teachers
Research Programs

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$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2005 – 3/31/2006

Jesuit Narratives of Otherness and the Jesuit-Orchestrated Tour of Europe by Japanese Samurai (1584-1585)

In 1584 the highest-ranking Jesuit superior in the orient, Alessandro Valignano, directed a long-time missionary, Luis Frois, to draft a systematic comparison of Japanese and European cultures. Valignano intended Frois’ comparative treatise or TRATADO as additional reading for Catholic elites whose curiosity was aroused by their audiences with a Jesuit-led delegation of Japanese converts who "toured" Europe in 1584-85. The applicant will write a book that 1) details the form and content of both Frois’ TRATADO and the "tour" of Japanese converts, and 2) clarifies the various contingencies (e.g. historical, theological, literary, institutional/political) that governed Jesuit constructions of and performances of Japanese identity.