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The lens within the heart : the Western scientific gaze and popular imagery in later Edo Japan

Author: Timon Screech
Publisher: Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"It has long been assumed that Japan's closed country policy meant that the country was isolated from the influence of the outside, and in particular, the western world. However, this study of 18th century Japan, using sources wholly unstudied since their writing, reveals the profound influence that the introduction of western technology and scientific instruments including glass, lenses and mirrors, had on Japanese  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Timon Screech
ISBN: 0824825942 9780824825942
OCLC Number: 48761739
Notes: Revised edition of: The western scientific gaze and popular imagery in later Edo Japan, 1996. With a new author's preface and an expanded bibliography.
Description: xxiii, 305 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: 1 Trade and Culture in the Eighteenth Century 6 --
2 The "Batavian Temperament" and its Critics 31 --
3 Mechanics and Motions 61 --
4 Machinery for Pictures 94 --
5 Seeing In 133 --
6 The Eye and the Lens 166 --
7 The View from On High 212.
Responsibility: Timon Screech.

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"It has long been assumed that Japan's closed country policy meant that the country was isolated from the influence of the outside, and in particular, the western world. However, this study of 18th century Japan, using sources wholly unstudied since their writing, reveals the profound influence that the introduction of western technology and scientific instruments including glass, lenses and mirrors, had on Japanese notions of sight, and how this change in perception was reflected most clearly in popular culture. Screech offers interpretations of 18th century thought through popular objects, and makes propositions which many scholars considered groundbreaking on the book's first publication in 1996. The conclusions reached here have yet to be substantially challenged."--Jacket.

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