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The Distorting Mirror: Visual Modernity in China


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The Distorting Mirror analyzes the multiple and complex ways in which urban Chinese subjects saw themselves interacting with the new visual culture that emerged during the turbulent period between the 1880s and the 1930s. The media and visual forms examined include lithography, photography, advertising, film, and theatrical performances. Urbanites actively engaged with and enjoyed this visual culture, which was largely driven by the subjective desire for the empty promises of modernity--promises comprised of such abstract ...

The Distorting Mirror: Visual Modernity in China 2007, University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu

ISBN-13: 9780824830939