Visual Genesis of Japanese National Identity : Hokusai's "Hyakunin isshu"

Visual Genesis of Japanese National Identity : Hokusai's "Hyakunin isshu"

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Visual Genesis of Japanese National Identity offers an entirely new perspective on the concept of constructing nation-states. The book explores the nature of national identity constructs produced in pre-modern Japan by examining two aspects of its cultural production, the sphere of fine arts and the sphere of literature intertwined with a genre of poetry pictorialization.
The discussion is centered on the artistic practice of Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) and contextualizes his woodblock print series entitled Hyakunin isshu uba ga etoki in a wider perspective of Japanese historical, political, social, cultural and artistic phenomena emerging prior to the birth of the modern Japanese nation. Hokusai's work, oscillating between the domain of text and the domain of image, transposes the classical Japanese poetry into late Edo period (1603-1868) popular culture. Machotka argues that in the process of text/image translation Hokusai projected a new image of Ā«JapanesenessĀ», thereby contributing to the development of national identity prior to the emergence of Japan as a modern nation-state.


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Details

Author(s)
Ewa Machotka
Format
Paperback | 256 pages
Dimensions
150 x 220 x 12.7mm | 360g
Publication date
19 Feb 2009
Publisher
Presses Interuniversitaires Europeennes
Publication City/Country
Brussels, Belgium
Language
English
Edition
New edition
Edition Statement
New edition
Illustrations note
51 ill.
ISBN10
9052014825
ISBN13
9789052014821
Bestsellers rank
2,273,539