9780520266742

Primitive Selves

  • ISBN 13:

    9780520266742

  • ISBN 10:

    0520266749

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 08/25/2010
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr

Note: Not guaranteed to come with supplemental materials (access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.)

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Summary

This remarkable book examines the complex history of Japanese colonial and postcolonial interactions with Korea, particularly in matters of cultural policy. E. Taylor Atkins focuses on past and present Japanese fascination with Korean culture as he reassesses colonial anthropology, heritage curation, cultural policy, and Korean performance art in Japanese mass media culture. Atkins's new perspective challenges the prevailing view that imperial Japan demonstrated unrelenting contempt for Koreans through a dogged suppression of Korean culture. In Atkins's insightful analysis, the Japanese preoccupation with Koreana provided the empire with a poignant vision of its own past, now lost-including communal living, social solidarity, and cultural integrity-which then allowed Japanese to grieve for their former selves. At the same time, the specific objects of Japan's gaze-folk theater, dances, shamanism, music, and material heritage-became emblems of national identity in postcolonial Korea.

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