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Industry and Institutions: Woodblock Prints and the Meiji Cultural Imagination.My Webinar
During the early Meiji period (1868-1912), woodblock prints had an important role to play in circulating information among the general populace. Printed in a resplendent rainbow of colors the images show a fantasy of the Meiji urban landscape, and an ideal of what Meiji life could be. Sold as part of the vernacular publishing milieu, the prints give us insights into the interests of the populace, but as they were heavily censored, the images must be read with attention to the political climate in which they were made. This talk will provide an introduction to the woodblock prints of the 1870s and 1880s with a focus on how the images worked to create and reinforce social conceptions of Meiji values and ideals.

Nov 8, 2022 05:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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