The Visual Culture of Meiji Japan: Negotiating the Transition to Modernity

Ayelet Zohar (Editor), Alison J. Miller (Editor)

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"This volume examines the visual culture of Japan's transition to modernity, from 1868 to the first decades of the twentieth century. Through this important moment in Japanese history, contributors reflect on Japan's transcultural artistic imagination vis-a-vis the discernment, negotiation, assimilation, and assemblage of diverse aesthetic concepts and visual pursuits. The collected chapters show how new cultural notions were partially modified and integrated to become the artistic methods of modern Japan, based on the hybridization of major ideologies, visualities, technologies, productions, formulations, and modes of representation. The book presents case studies of creative transformation demonstrating how new concepts and methods were perceived and altered to match views and theories prevalent in Meiji Japan, and by what means different practitioners negotiated between their existing skills and the knowledge generated from incoming ideas to create innovative modes of practice and representation that reflected the specificity of modern Japanese artistic circumstances. The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, Japanese studies, Asian studies, and Japanese history, as well as those who use approaches and methods related to globalization, cross-cultural studies, transcultural exchange, and interdisciplinary studies"-- Provided by publisher.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York; London
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages199
ISBN (Electronic)1000477460, 1000477479, 1003112234, 9781000477467, 9781000477474, 9781003112235
ISBN (Print)9780367612849, 9780367631246
StatePublished - Dec 2021

Publication series

NameRoutledge research in art history
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Aesthetics, Japanese -- 19th century
  • Aesthetics, Japanese -- 20th century
  • Art and society -- Japan -- History -- 19th century
  • Art and society -- Japan -- History -- 20th century


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