Imaging Disaster: Tokyo and the Visual Culture of Japan?s Great Earthquake of 1923 by Gennifer WeisenfeldImaging Disaster: Tokyo and the Visual Culture of Japan?s Great Earthquake of 1923 by Gennifer Weisenfeld

Imaging Disaster: Tokyo and the Visual Culture of Japan?s Great Earthquake of 1923

byGennifer Weisenfeld

Hardcover | November 14, 2012

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Focusing on one landmark catastrophic event in the history of an emerging modern nation—the Great Kanto Earthquake that devastated Tokyo and surrounding areas in 1923—this fascinating volume examines the history of the visual production of the disaster. The Kanto earthquake triggered cultural responses that ran the gamut from voyeuristic and macabre thrill to the romantic sublime, media spectacle to sacred space, mournful commemoration to emancipatory euphoria, and national solidarity to racist vigilantism and sociopolitical critique. Looking at photography, cinema, painting, postcards, sketching, urban planning, and even scientific visualizations, Weisenfeld demonstrates how visual culture has powerfully mediated the evolving historical understanding of this major national disaster, ultimately enfolding mourning and memory into modernization.

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Gennifer Weisenfeld is Associate Professor in the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University and the author of Mavo: Japanese Artists and the Avant-Garde, 1905-1931 (UC Press).

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Title:Imaging Disaster: Tokyo and the Visual Culture of Japan?s Great Earthquake of 1923Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 10 × 7 × 1.1 inPublished:November 14, 2012Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0520271955

ISBN - 13:9780520271951

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments

Introduction
1. Earthquakes in Japan: A Brief Prehistory
2. The Media Scale of Catastrophe
3. Disaster as Spectacle
4. The Sublime Nature of Ruins
5. Reclaiming Disaster: Altruism and Corrosion
6. Reconstruction’s Visual Rhetoric
7. Remembrance
8. Epilogue: Afterlives

Notes
Selected Bibliography
List of Illustrations
Index

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"[Imaging Disaster] opens many important larger questions, and it organizes the giant archive it presents to us in a clear, well-organized, readable format. Weisenfeld handles difficult issues with grace and lucidity. . . [her] work offers a framework through which we can grasp the formation of the visual and media cultures of such central sites of destruction and reconstruction, even while attending to the incommensurate views and meanings of each specific event."