Aesthetic life is a study of modern japan engaging the fields of art history literature and cultural studies seeking to understand how the beautiful woman bijin emerged as a symbol of japanese culture during the meiji period 1868 1912. Abstract this study of modern japan engages the fields of art history literature and cultural studies seeking to understand how the beautiful woman bijin emerged as a symbol of japanese culture during the meiji period 1868 1912. Aesthetic life examines the contributions of writers artists scholars critics journalists and politicians to the discussion of the bijin and to the production of a national discourse on standards of japanese beauty and art as japan worked to establish its place in the world it actively presented itself as an artistic nation based on . Harvard east asian monographs 382 see aesthetic life beauty and art in modern japan cambridge harvard university asia center forthcoming the book explores this exemplary figure for modern japanese aesthetics and analyzes how the deceptively ordinary image of the beautiful japanese woman an iconic image that persists to this day . Aesthetic life beauty and art in modern japan with origins in the formative period of modern japanese art and aesthetics the figure of the bijin appeared across a broad range of visual and textual media division of asian and mediterranean art harvard art museums fung library
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