Imitation and Creativity in Japanese Arts: From Kishida Ryusei to Miyazaki Hayao by Michael LuckenImitation and Creativity in Japanese Arts: From Kishida Ryusei to Miyazaki Hayao by Michael Lucken

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

byMichael LuckenTranslated byFrancesca Simkin

Hardcover | March 29, 2016

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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 artists use to re-present contemporary influences. He examines Kishida Ryusei's portraits of Reiko (1914-1929), Kurosawa Akira's Ikiru (1952), Araki Nobuyoshi's photographic novel Sentimental Journey-Winter (1991), and Miyazaki Hayao's popular anime film Spirited Away (2001), revealing the sophisticated patterns of mimesis that are unique but not exclusive to modern Japanese art. In doing so, Lucken identifies the tensions that drive the Japanese imagination, which are much richer than a simple opposition between progress and tradition, and their reflection of human culture's universal encounter with change. This global perspective explains why, despite its non-Western origins, Japanese art has earned such a vast following.

Michael Lucken is a professor at the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations in Paris. He is the author of L'Art du Japon au vingtième siècle (Japanese Art in the Twentieth Century, 2001) and a coeditor of Japan's Postwar (2011).
Title:Imitation and Creativity in Japanese Arts: From Kishida Ryusei to Miyazaki HayaoFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pagesPublished:March 29, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231172923

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I. A Historical Construction1. Copycat Japan2. The West and the Invention of Creation3. The Denial, Rejection, and Sublimation of Imitation4. No Poaching5. Seen from Japan6. The Logic of Reflection in Nakai MasakazuPart II. A New Place for Imitation7. Kishida Ryusei's Portraits of Reiko, or, How Can Ghosts Be at Work?8. Kurosawa Akira's Ikiru, or, the Impossibility of Metaphor9. Araki Nobuyoshi's Sentimental Journey-Winter, or, Eternal Bones10. Miyazaki Hayao's Spirited Away, or, the Adventure of the ObliquesConclusionNotesSelect BibliographyIndex

Editorial Reviews

Thoroughly documented, and including a select bibliography, Lucken's book is required reading for artists and for historians and connoisseurs of Japanese arts.... Essential.