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Refracted Modernity
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Since the mid-1990s Taiwanese artists have been responsible for shaping much of the international contemporary art scene, yet studies on modern Taiwanese art published outside of Taiwan are scarce. The nine essays collected here present different perspectives on Taiwanese visual culture and landscape during the Japanese colonial period (1895–1945), focusing variously on travel writings, Western and Japanese/Oriental-style paintings, architecture, aboriginal material culture, and crafts. Issues addressed include the imagined Taiwan and the "discovery" of the Taiwanese landscape, which developed into the imperial ideology of nangoku (southern country); the problematic idea of "local color," which was imposed by Japanese, and its relation to the "nativism" that was embraced by Taiwanese; the gendered modernity exemplified in the representation of Chinese/Taiwanese women; and the development of Taiwanese artifacts and crafts from colonial to postcolonial times, from their discovery, estheticization, and industrialization to their commodification by both the colonizers and the colonized.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Note on Transliteration
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. Part l. Images of Taiwan and the Discovery of the Taiwanese Landscape
  2. p. 19
  1. 1. Colonial Encounters: Japanese Travel Writing on Colonial Taiwan
  2. pp. 21-38
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  1. 2. The Beauty of the Untamed: Exploration and Travel in Colonial Taiwanese Landscape Painting
  2. pp. 39-66
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  1. 3. Japanese Landscape Painting and Taiwan: Modernity, Colonialism, and National Identity
  2. pp. 67-82
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  1. 4. The Demise of Oriental-style Painting in Taiwan
  2. pp. 83-108
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  1. Part ll. Images by and about Women
  2. p. 109
  1. 5. The Changing Representation of Women in Modern Japanese Paintings
  2. pp. 111-132
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  1. 6. Modernity, Power, and Gender: Images of Women by Taiwanese Female Artists under Japanese Rule
  2. pp. 133-166
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  1. Part lll. Construction of Taiwan's Vernacular Landscape
  2. p. 167
  1. 7. Taiwaneseness in Japanese Period Architecture in Taiwan
  2. pp. 169-192
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  1. 8. Taiwanese Aboriginal Art and Artifacts: Entangled Images of Colonization and Modernization
  2. pp. 193-216
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  1. 9. Refracted Colonial Modernity: Vernacularism in the Development of Modern Taiwanese Crafts
  2. pp. 217-248
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 249-272
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 273-276
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 277-285
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