Gender, Continuity, and the Shaping of Modernity in the Arts of East Asia, 16th–20th Centuries


Gender, Continuity, and the Shaping of Modernity in the Arts of East Asia, 16th–20th Centuries explores women’s and men’s contributions to the arts and gendered visual representations in China, Korea, and Japan from the premodern through modern eras. A critical introduction and nine essays consider how threads of continuity and exchanges between the cultures of East Asia, Europe, and the United States helped to shape modernity in this region, in the process revealing East Asia as a vital component of the trans-Pacific world. The essays are organized into three themes: representations of femininity, women as makers, and constructions of gender, and they consider examples of architecture, painting, woodblock prints and illustrated books, photography, and textiles.

Contributors are: Lara C. W. Blanchard, Kristen L. Chiem, Charlotte Horlyck, Ikumi Kaminishi, Nayeon Kim, Sunglim Kim, Radu Leca, Elizabeth Lillehoj, Ying-chen Peng, and Christina M. Spiker.

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Kristen L. Chiem, Ph.D (2011), University of California, Los Angeles, is Associate Professor of Art History at Pepperdine University. She has published articles examining the intersections of gender, painting, and garden imagery in late imperial China.

Lara C. W. Blanchard, Ph.D. (2001), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, is Luce Professor of East Asian Art at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She has published articles on gender and Chinese art from the Song to Ming dynasties.
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Notes on Contributors

Kristen L. Chiem and Lara C. W. Blanchard

Part 1
Representations of Femininity

1 Cartographies of Alterity: Shape-Shifting Women and Periaquatic Spaces in Late Seventeenth-Century Japan
Radu Leca

2 Indoctrinating Female Virtue: The Social Use of Chosŏn Woodblock Prints
Nayeon Kim

3 Beauty under the Willow Tree: Picturing Virtuous Women in Nineteenth-Century China
Kristen L. Chiem

4 Skillful Means (upāya) of the Courtesan as Bodhisattva Fugen: Maruyama Ōkyo’s Lady Eguchi
Ikumi Kaminishi

Part 2
Women as Makers

5 The Artistic Legacy of Yōgen’in, A Mortuary Temple Sponsored by Women in Early Modern Kyoto
Elizabeth Lillehoj

6 Reconfijiguring Patriarchal Space: Empress Dowager Cixi (1835–1908) and the Reconstruction of the Gardens of Nurtured Harmony
Ying-chen Peng

7 Questioning Women’s Place in the Canon of Korean Art History
Charlotte Horlyck

Part 3
Constructions of Gender and Interactions with the West

8 The Personal is Political: The Life and Death and Life of Na Hye-sŏk (1896–1948)
Sunglim Kim

9 “Civilized” Men and “Superstitious” Women: Visualizing the Hokkaido Ainu in Isabella Bird’s Unbeaten Tracks in Japan, 1880
Christina M. Spiker

This book should be of interest to specialists and scholars of East Asian art history and gender studies in Asia, as well as to academic libraries.
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