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Bachelor Japanists: Japanese Aesthetics and Western Masculinities

Christopher Reed

Abstract

Challenging clichés of Japanism as a feminine taste, Bachelor Japanists argues that Japanese aesthetics were central to contests over the meanings of masculinity in the West. Christopher Reed draws attention to the queerness of Japanist communities of writers, collectors, curators, and artists in the tumultuous century between the 1860s and the 1960s.Reed combines extensive archival research; analysis of art, architecture, and literature; the insights of queer theory; and an appreciation of irony to explore the East-West encounter through three revealing artistic milieus: the Goncourt brothers ... More

Keywords: Japanism, Art, sexual identity, queer, Boston, Paris, Seattle, collecting and collectors, museums and exhibitions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780231175753
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231175753.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Reed, author
Pennsylvania State University

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