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Japan, France, and East-West aesthetics : French literature, 1867-2000

Author: Jan Hokenson
Publisher: Madison, N.J. : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, ©2004.
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"As art historians have long known, the discovery of Japanese woodblock prints in Paris, following the opening of Japan to the West in 1854, was a startling aesthetic encounter that played a crucial role in the Impressionists' and Post-Impressionists' invention of Modernism. Japan, France shows that leading French writers shared that shock of encounter and also experimented with Japanese aesthetics in their own  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hokenson, Jan.
Japan, France, and East-West aesthetics.
Madison, N.J. : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, ©2004
(OCoLC)607446542
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jan Hokenson
ISBN: 0838640109 9780838640104
OCLC Number: 53045091
Description: 520 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: The shock of encounter. The painters' discovery of Japanese prints in Paris ; Old guard Orientalism and Avant-garde Japonisme ; Approaches to aesthetics. --
Convergence of painters and writers. Historical orientations ; Writers on painting ; Early literary Japonisme: The Goncourts. --
Naturalist and fin-de-siècle configurations. Zola's Japoniste art novel: L'Ouevre ; Japoniste strategies of vision in the Rougon-Macquart cycle ; Fin-de-siècle fictions: Huysmans, Loti, Judith Gautier ; The first literary translations of Japanese poetry. --
Symbolism and Japoniste contexts. An 1880s dispute over aesthetic value: the French position ; Intellectual contexts of symbolism: Asia as interlocutor ; Mallarmé: Las de l'amer repos as aesthetic agenda ; A new poetics. --
Designs in contrastive aesthetics. Currents of Japonisme in 1900: redefining the Japanese prints ; Le Japon artistique and La Revue blanche: Fénéon and Dujardin ; Satires and reassessments ; Proust: from a Japoniste cup of tea. --The Japoniste poetics of early modernism. Poet and ambassador of aesthetics: Claudel ; French principles of translating Haiku, 1905-20: Couchoud and Revon ; "Le Mouvement haï-kaï" ; Éluard and the Japoniste apprenticeship. --
The samurais of modernism. Two interwar apprenticeships: Yourcenar and Malraux ; Changing contexts in France: virilizing the effeminate ; Art and the samurai: Picasso and the Antimémoires ; The samurai as writer: Mishima, Un Homme obscur. --
The counter-discourse of Japan. Modes of intuition: Bergson, Kuki, Sarte ; A semiotic Japonisme: Barthes ; A poststructuralist Japonisme: Lyotard. --
Merging East-West aesthetics. New novels: Duras, Kristeva, Cixous ; Kabuki in Paris: Mnouchkine and the Théâtre du Soleil ; The ever new haiku: Bonnefoy, Roubaud, Jaccottet. --
Epilogue. Retrospective: Butor ; Prospective: Oseki Dépré.
Responsibility: Jan Walsh Hokenson.
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