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Title:The Cartography of Epistemology: The Production of "National" Space in Late 19th Century Japan
Author(s):Toyosawa, Nobuko
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Toby, Ronald P.
Department / Program:East Asian Languages and Cultures
Discipline:East Asian Languages and Cultures
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):History, Asia, Australia and Oceania
Abstract:Through careful reading of Shiga's Landscape, this dissertation demonstrates the complex processes of creating a tradition of topographic writings. On the one hand, Shiga's text embodies scientific discourses to explain the beauty of Japanese landscape. At the same time, he makes a link to a well-known traveler and scholar, Kaibara Ekiken (1630-1714), who developed a new mode of writing about space and topography, movement across the landscape, and the relationship of spaces in the present to moments in the past. By separating Ekiken's spatial writings from conventional travel writing, this dissertation traces a genealogy of spatial writings from the seventeenth century to the nineteenth century. Ultimately, it articulates social imagination of national space and time for modern Japan, which was grounded in the aestheticization and naturalization of Japan's geographic beauty.
Issue Date:2008
Description:272 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3337944
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2008

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