Performing "Nation": Gender Politics in Literature, Theater, and the Visual Arts of China and Japan, 1880-1940

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Doris Croissant, Catherine Vance Yeh, Joshua Scott Mostow
BRILL, 2008 - Social Science - 445 pages
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Uniquely covering literary, visual and performative expressions of culture, this volume aims to correlate the conjunctions of nation building, gender and representation in late 19th and early 20th century China and Japan. Focusing on gender formation, the chapters explore the changing constructs of masculinities and femininities in China and Japan from the early modern up to the 1930s. Chapters focus on the dynamism that links the remodeling of traditional arts and media to the political and cultural power relations between China, Japan, and the Western world. A true tribute to multidisciplinary studies.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
PART ONE ENGENDERING THE NATIONSTATE
17
1 Equality Modernity and Gender in Chinese Nationalism John Fitzgerald
19
2 Banknote Design as a Battlefield of Gender Politics and National Representation in Meiji Japan Melanie Trede
55
NŘ Xuesheng at the Turn of the Twentieth Century Joan Judge
105
PART TWO WOMAN AS LITERARY METAPHOR
133
4 Love Martyrs and Love Cheaters at the End of the Chinese Empire Keith McMahon
135
Women and the Position of the Novel 1880s1930s Tomi Suzuki
143
The Female Impersonator as the National Cultural Symbol of Republican China Catherine Vance Yeh
205
Gender Theater and Nationalism in Modern Japan Ayako Kano
241
PART FOUR ART SEXUALITY AND NATIONAL EROTICS
263
Gender Play in Japanese National Painting Doris Croissant
265
10 Nationally Naked? The Female Nude in Japanese Oil Painting and Posters 1890s1920s Jaqueline Berndt
307
Representation of the Other in Imperial Japan Ikeda Shinobu
347
12 Utagawa Shunga Kukis Chic and the Construction of a National Erotics in Japan Joshua S Mostow
383
Contributors
425

6 Failed Modern Girls in EarlyTwentiethCentury China Tzelan D Sang
179
PART THREE PERFORMING ARTS AND GENDER ROLEPLAYING
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Doris Croissant is senior professor of East Asian art history at the University of Heidelberg (Germany). She has published on funeral art and portraiture in China, Rinpa painting, the concepts of realism and photography in Japan, and the gender discourse of native aesthetics in Japanese art and popular culture. Catherine Yeh is an Associate Professor at Boston University. Her research interests are presently in twentieth century Chinese entertainment culture, its political implications and its impact on social change. Her recent publications include Shanghai Love: Courtesan, Intellectuals and Entertainment Culture, 1850-1910 (Seattle, 2005). Joshua S. Mostow is Professor of Asian Studies at The University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada). He is also co-editor, with Norman Bryson and Maribeth Graybill, of Gender and Power in the Japanese Visual Field (Hawai'i, 2003).

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