Visual Cultures of Japanese Imperialism (SPECIAL ISSUE OF POSITIONS)

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Under pressure of cultural colonization from the West and expanding an imperialist force and cultural colonizer within Asia, Japan occupied a unique space on the international landscape in the years from the beginning of the Meiji Period to the Pacific War. This special issue of positions examines the integral role that visual culture played both in representing and constituting this imperial reality.
The articles, contributed by scholars in the fields of art history, cultural history, and Japanese literature, address the interactions between Japan, the West, and the rest of Asia. Costumes, architecture, tourism propaganda, pottery, and a host of other sources provide the raw materials for Visual Cultures of Japanese Imperialism, and the incisive essays built from these sources will change readers’ understanding of the visual culture(s) of imperialism.

Contributors. Kim Brandt, Leo Ching, Carol Ann Christ, Christine Guth, Jordan Sand, Gennifer Weisenfeld, Cherie Wendelken

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Gennifer Weisenfeld is Associate Professor in the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University and the author of "Mavo: Japanese Artists and the Avant-Garde, 1905-1931" (UC Press).

Kim Brandt is Associate Professor of Japanese history at Columbia University.

Christine Guth is an independent scholar.

Jordan Sand teaches Japanese history at Georgetown University and has written widely on urbanism and material culture in East Asia.

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