Aesthetic Life: Beauty and Art in Modern Japan - Harvard East Asian Monographs (Hardback)
  • Aesthetic Life: Beauty and Art in Modern Japan - Harvard East Asian Monographs (Hardback)
zoom

Aesthetic Life: Beauty and Art in Modern Japan - Harvard East Asian Monographs (Hardback)

(author)
£65.95
Hardback 332 Pages
Published: 28/01/2019
  • In stock
  • Free UK delivery

Usually dispatched within 2-3 working days

  • This item has been added to your basket

This study of modern Japan engages the fields of art history, literature, and cultural studies, seeking to understand how the “beautiful woman” (bijin) emerged as a symbol of Japanese culture during the Meiji period (1868–1912). With origins in the formative period of modern Japanese art and aesthetics, the figure of the bijin appeared across a broad range of visual and textual media: photographs, illustrations, prints, and literary works, as well as fictional, critical, and journalistic writing. It eventually constituted a genre of painting called bijinga (paintings of beauties).

Aesthetic Life examines the contributions of writers, artists, scholars, critics, journalists, and politicians to the discussion of the bijin and to the production of a national discourse on standards of Japanese beauty and art. As Japan worked to establish its place in the world, it actively presented itself as an artistic nation based on these ideals of feminine beauty. The book explores this exemplary figure for modern Japanese aesthetics and analyzes how the deceptively ordinary image of the beautiful Japanese woman—an iconic image that persists to this day—was cultivated as a “national treasure,” synonymous with Japanese culture.

Publisher: Harvard University, Asia Center
ISBN: 9780674975163
Number of pages: 332
Dimensions: 254 x 178 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Possibly the most conceptually innovative and ambitious book on Meiji aesthetics and art to have been published in English in recent years…Without doubt, a major scholarly contribution to the understanding of Meiji culture. It sets a high benchmark for all future studies on the subject of modern Japanese aesthetics…Lippit has reenergized the subject of beauty as an important topic that has far-reaching cultural, social, and even political implications. - Noriko Murai, Monumenta Nipponica

Aesthetic Life is the result of extended and extensive scholarly research into the formation of the image of the bijin in modern Japanese art. - Janice Brown, Pacific Affairs

You may also be interested in...

Underground
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Mao: The Unknown Story
Added to basket
The Great Game
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
Pakistan: A Hard Country
Added to basket
1421
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Japan
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
A Short History of Byzantium
Added to basket
Return of a King
Added to basket
A History of Japan
Added to basket
Dispatches
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
The Opium War
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
The Lemon Tree
Added to basket
£11.99
Paperback
The Nile
Added to basket
£16.99
Paperback
The Railway Man
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
India
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
On China
Added to basket
£16.99
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.

env: aptum
branch: