Philosophy, Philology, and Politics in Eighteenth-Century China: Li Fu and the Lu-Wang School under the Ch'ing

Philosophy, Philology, and Politics in Eighteenth-Century China: Li Fu and the Lu-Wang School under the Ch'ing

by C. S. Huang
     
 

The Western Scientific Gaze and Popular Imagery in Later Edo Japan: The Lens within the Heart is the first full-length study to consider the introduction of Western technology into Japan in the eighteenth century, when, it has been assumed, that country continued to isolate itself from external influence. Timon Screech demonstrates that exposure to such Western… See more details below

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The Western Scientific Gaze and Popular Imagery in Later Edo Japan: The Lens within the Heart is the first full-length study to consider the introduction of Western technology into Japan in the eighteenth century, when, it has been assumed, that country continued to isolate itself from external influence. Timon Screech demonstrates that exposure to such Western equipment as lenses, mirrors, and glass had a profound impact on Japanese notions regarding the faculty of sight. The enormity of this paradigm shift was moreover, felt less in the area of Japanese scientific inquiry than in art and popular culture, where these devices were often depicted and used metaphorically, as commentary on prevailing social norms. Based on archival sources here published for the first time in any language, this study also sheds new light on Japanese art and its relation to the West; the relationship of science to art and popular culture; and the autonomy and/or internationalization of Japanese culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521482257
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2010
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Chinese History, Literature and Institutions Series
Pages:
226
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

List of Plates and Figures
Preface
Introduction1
1Trade and Culture in the Eighteenth Century6
2The "Batavian Temperament" and Its Critics31
3Mechanics and Motions61
4Machinery for Pictures94
5Seeing In133
6The Eye and the Lens166
7The View from On High212
Notes254
Glossary288
References290
Index300

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