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Daisuke Miyao
Regents of the University of California, San Diego (La Jolla, CA 92093-0013)

Summer Stipends
Research Programs

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$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2015 – 8/31/2015

The Influence of Japanese Art, Culture, and Aesthetics on the Birth of Cinema, 1860-1910

Summer research and writing on East Asian Studies and Film History and Criticism.

This is a new book project that examines the connections between Japonisme and the emergence of cinema. By doing so, the primary goal of this project is to clearly describe the complicated power relations among France, the United States, and Japan in the late nineteenth century to early twentieth century. In this sense, this is a perfect project that responds to NEH's Bridging Cultures initiative. I would argue that Japonisme--the influence of the Japanese art, culture and aesthetics on European and American art, roughly between the 1860s and 1910s--also had a significant impact on the emergence of cinema in Europe, the US, and East Asia. The book, tentatively titled Japonisme and the Birth of Cinema, has three parts with six chapters. I seek support from NEH Summer Stipends to conduct research in Japan for the second and the third parts.