"Examines how the "beautiful woman" (bijin) emerged as a symbol of Japanese culture during the Meiji period and the contributions of writers, artists, scholars, critics, journalists, and politicians to the discussion of the bijin and to the production of a national discourse on standards of Japanese beauty and art"--
Introduction: On first becoming a painting -- All too aesthetically: the bijin in the era of Japonisme -- "Fair Japan": art, war and the bijin at the Saint Louis World's Fair, 1904 -- True bijin: the debate on truth and beauty -- Bijin graphic: illustrated magazines and the popular ideology of beauty -- "Short-lived beauty": illustration and the bijin heroines of literary realism -- Living works of art: Soseki's aesthetic heroines -- Bijinga: the Nihonga genre and the fashioning of material beauty -- Coda
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