Graduate Research Seminar

"The Entanglement of Light with Dark: Picturing Traditional Japan in the Era of Modernization"

Please join us on February 5 at noon to hear Sarah Gossett, a PhD candidate from Herberger Institute on Japanese Art History. 


During Japan's rapid westernization in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a sense of longing for a "traditional" Japan emerged in the writings of such authors as Izumi Kyōka, Tanizaki Junichirō, Akutagawa Ryūnosuke and Yanagita Kunio. A pervasive fascination with light and dark, dawn and twilight, and rationalism and the uncanny was inextricably intertwined with these writers’ visions of traditional Japan. This presentation will explore the idea that the contemporaneous shin hanga woodblock print movement--until recently dismissed as "low art"-- represents a visual counterpart to the literary fascinations and longings of the era.

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