By Christopher Reed
Reed combines vast archival examine; research of paintings, structure, and literature; the insights of queer concept; and an appreciation of irony to discover the East-West come upon via 3 revealing inventive milieus: the Goncourt brothers and other japonistes of late-nineteenth-century Paris; creditors and curators in turn-of-the-century Boston; and the mid-twentieth-century circles of artists linked to Seattle’s Mark Tobey. the result's a groundbreaking integration of recognized and forgotten episodes and personalities that illuminates how jap aesthetics have been used to problem Western gender conventions. those disruptive results are sustained in Reed’s research, which undermines traditional scholarly investments within the heroism of avant-garde accomplishment and beliefs of cultural authenticity.
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