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Aesthetic Life : Beauty and Art in Modern Japan - by Miya Elise Mizuta Lippit (Hardcover)

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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.

Number of Pages: 315 p. ;
Genre: History, Art, Literary Criticism
Sub-Genre: Asia, History, Asian
Series Title: Harvard East Asian Monographs
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Harvard Univ Pr
Book theme: Modern (late 19th Century to 1945), Japanese, Japan
Author: Miya Elise Mizuta Lippit
Language: English
Street Date: December 31, 2018
TCIN: 51837779
UPC: 9780674975163
Item Number (DPCI): 248-35-5566
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