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Charles Longfellow, son of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, arrived in Yokohama in 1871, intending a brief visit, and stayed for two years. He returned to Boston laden with photographs, curios, and art objects, as well as the elaborate tattoos he had "collected" on his body. His journals, correspondence, and art collection dramatically demonstrate America’s early impressions of Japanese culture, and his personal odyssey illustrates the impact on both countries of globetrotting tourism.

Interweaving Longfellow’s experiences with broader issues of tourism and cultural authenticity, Christine Guth discusses the ideology of tourism and the place of Japan within nineteenth-century round-the-world travel. This study goes beyond simplistic models of reciprocal influence and authenticity to a more synergistic account of cross-cultural dynamics.

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The New England Quarterly
A readable, instructive and intellectually inspiring inquiry into a late-nineteenth-century trans-Pacific relationship. As a cultural biographhy of Charles Longfellow alone, it is of great value. Moreover, Guth's writing is gripping..[A] magnificent accomplishment from the frontiers of cross-cultural studies.
The Journal of Asian Studies
Guth bravely explores new territory..and challenges to reexamine how we imagine art history, history, and Japanese studies.
CAA Reviews
Guth's study breaks important new ground. Broadly conceived, carefully researched, and thoughtfully constructed, Longfellow's Tattoos is essential reading for anyone interested in the early history of cultural relations between America and Japan..
The Journal of American History
Guth makes a convincing case that Longfellow's Japanese years were important in influencing the Japanese-American cultural relationship. This is a book that American and Japanese historians will enjoy reading.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295984568
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 9/4/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 234
  • Product dimensions: 7.08 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Christine M. E. Guth is one of the foremost scholars in Japanese art history working in the United States today. Her publications include Asobi: Plays in the Arts of Japan; Art, Tea, and Industry: Masuda Takashi and the Mitsui Circle; and Art of Edo Japan: The Artist and the City, 1615-1868.

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsNote to the ReaderIntroduction1. Globe-Trotting in Japan2. Picturing Japan3. Paradise of Curios4. Embodying Japan5. Domesticating JapanEpilogueNotesSelected BibliographyIndex

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