and Japan have shared much in a long and critical history of artistic
practice and production. France has been an important source of energy for
Japanese intellectual endeavors, and the impact of French painting,
literature, and thought on Japan, from even before the Meiji Revolution,
cannot be overstated. Likewise, France has been stimulated by an image of
Japan as “Other” and as a model to American cultural hegemony. The
impact of Japanese prints on French (and European) art, the related
artistic production collected under the heading of “Japonisme,” and
the creative responses to Japanese poetic and dramatic forms are profound.
details these exchanges and outlines the ground from which they proceed.
In doing so, the authors elucidate much of the development of national and
individual identities, especially as filtered through the artistic
endeavors of a culture.
include: Kevin M. Doak, Kato€ Shu€ichi, Kuroko Kazuo, Jean-Philippe
Mathy, Matt Matsuda, Nishikawa Nagao, J. Thomas Rimer, Hiroaki Sato, Doug
Slaymaker, Watanabe Kazutani.
Published by Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan