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

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This is the first study to consider the introduction of Western technology in the eighteenth century, when, it has been assumed, Japan continued to isolate itself from external influence. Timon Screech demonstrates that the introduction of 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 Japanese scientific inquiry than in art and popular culture, where the devices were often depicted ...

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The Western Scientific Gaze and Popular Imagery in Later Edo Japan: The Lens within the Heart
1996, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9780521461061

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