The Lens Within the Heart: The Western Scientific Gaze and Popular Imagery in Later Edo Japan
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320pp. April 2002
The Lens Within the Heart: The Western Scientific Gaze and Popular Imagery in Later Edo Japan
Author: Screech, Timon;
First paperback edition

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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“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

“[A]combination of scholarly depth and readable prose ... an utterly commendable book” —Persimmon, Winter 2003

“A lively romp through the cultural and intellectual underworld of the later Edo period” —Impressions 25 (2003)

“A masterly written book that brings together the concerns of many scholars working in art history and the history of science and technology” —Journal of Japanese Studies 30 (2004)

Author: Screech, Timon;
Timon Screech is reader in the History of Japanese Art at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and senior associate at the Sainsbury Institute for the Studies of Japanese Arts and Cultures.



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