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Imitation and Creativity in Japanese Arts: From Kishida Ryusei to Miyazaki Hayao

Michael Lucken


The idea that Japanese art is produced through rote copy and imitation is an eighteenth-century colonial construct, with roots in Romantic ideals of originality. Offering a much-needed corrective to this critique, Michael Lucken demonstrates the distinct character of Japanese mimesis and its dynamic impact on global culture, showing through several twentieth-century masterpieces the generative and regenerative power of Japanese arts. Choosing a representative work from each of four modern genres—painting, film, photography, and animation—Lucken portrays the range of strategies that Japanese ar ... More

Keywords: classical Japan, mitate, imitation of the West, Westernization, orientalism, exceptionalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780231172929
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231172929.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Lucken, author