The Lens Within the Heart: The Western Scientific Gaze and Popular Imagery in Later Edo Japan

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This study of eighteenth 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 clearly in popular culture.

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Timon Screech is professor in the history of art at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

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'A pioneering work, bold, wide-ranging and challenging, full of sharp observations and provocative speculation' Ellis Tinios, Burlington Magazine 'Grand, unique and panoramic...a masterly exposition of the topics and materials, this book is also tremendously enjoyable' Madoka Kanai, Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo 'Screech's highly innovative research is more accurately characterized as applied art history, considerably cross-fertilized as it is by parallel currents of intellectual and cultural histories' Tim Clark, Japan Forum

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