Births and Rebirths in Japanese Art: Essays Celebrating the Inauguration of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

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Hotei Pub., Jan 1, 2001 - Art - 215 pages
This volume brings together five essays by prominent scholars of Japanese studies, each taking up a central topic in Japanese cultural history. Based on a series of lectures marking the inauguration of the Sainsbury Institute in Norwich and London, each essay introduces in concise and readable form subjects that the authors have worked on as part of larger publishing projects. Written or translated specifically for this collection, each author has distilled their views on an aspect of their research that relates to an important artistic, cultural, or intellectual 'birth' or 'rebirth' in Japanese history. Medieval Zen concepts of the transmigration of the soul are explored in Helmut Brinker's discussion of death poems and commemorative portraits of Zen priests. Tsuji Nobuo, moving back and forth between ancient and modern times, tests the tenability of arguments that contemporary enthusiasm for manga and anime in Japan can be seen as a revival of modes of viewing images established as far back as the twelfth century. Focussing on Western influence on Japan during early modern times, Timon Screech analyses controversies over curative practices that occurred in eighteenth-century Japan as symptoms of a struggle over ideological positions that impregnated medical concerns. The final two essays discuss the modern age, with Donald Keene exploring the biography of the individual who occupied the throne during the Meiji Restoration of 1868 and John Rosenfield showing how Nihonga fits into a broader cultural movement motivated by the desire to preserve a national cultural identity.

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Editors Preface
Early Medieval Picture Scrolls as Ancestors of Anime
The Birth of the Anatomical Body

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About the author (2001)

Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere is founding Director of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, Norwich. She received her BA (Archaeology, 1986), MA (Regional Studies, 1988) and Ph.D. (art history, 1998) from Harvard University. Her publications include: Vessels of Influence (Duckworth, forthcoming), editor and contributor to Hall of the Thirty-Three Bays: Photographs by Hiroshi Sugimoto (SCVA, 1997) and Kazari: Decoration and Display in Japan, 15th-19th Centuries (British Museum Press, 2002), and editor of Births and Rebirths (Hotei, 2001) and Reflecting the Truth: Japanese Photography in the 19th-century (Hotei, 2004) with Mikiko Hirayama. She wrote essays and entries in Japan's Golden Age, Momoyama (Dallas Museum of Art, 1996) and Edo: Art in Japan 1615-1868 (National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 1998, and Jiki, (Museo Internazionale Delle Ceramiche, 2004). Her research interests include, Japanese decoration, early modern ceramics in East Asia and trade networks, the history of exhibition and collecting in Japan and in Europe.

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