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The Lens Within the Heart: The Western Scientific Gaze and Popular Imagery in Later Edo Japan Timon Screech

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

Timon Screech

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ISBN : 9780700715732
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368 pages
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Presenting a revised edition with a new preface of this important work, previously available only in hardback. It has long been assumed that Japans closed country policy meant that Japan was isolated from the influence of the outside, and inMorePresenting a revised edition with a new preface of this important work, previously available only in hardback. It has long been assumed that Japans closed country policy meant that Japan was isolated from the influence of the outside, and in particular the Western, world. However, this study of 18th 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 most clearly in popular culture. Screech goes to the core of later eighteenth century thought through popular objects and the propositions which many considered groundbreaking on the books first publication in 1996 have yet to be substantially challenged.