Primitive Selves: Koreana in Japanese Colonial Gaze, 1910-1945- E. Taylor Atkins

Kara Marie Dischinger

Abstract


In 2010, E. Taylor Atkins published his book Primitive Selves: Koreana in Japanese Colonial Gaze, 1910-1945, seeking to make sense of the seemingly recent Japanese enthusiasm for Korean culture. As a historian of modern Japanese and Korean cultural history who focuses mainly on transnational popular culture, Atkins sought to prove that the twenty-first century South Korean, or hallyu, wave is not without historical precedent. This book positions itself within historical Japanese Imperial scholarship, focusing on cultural history rather than military or policy. Instead of concentrating on how the Japanese Imperial gaze of Korean culture shaped Korea through the imposition of Japanese culture onto the colonies, Atkins [...]

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Japan; Korea; Colonial Gaze; Transnational Culture

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Atkins, E. T. (2010) Primitive Selves: Koreana in the Japanese Colonial Gaze, 1910–1945. Berkeley:University of California Press


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