America’s Japan in the Age of Industrial Modernity

“America’s Japan in the Age of Industrial Modernity”
Naoko Shibusawa (Brown University)

This paper explores the late nineteenth century “Japan craze” in the context of post-Civil War industrial capitalism, settler colonialism, and overseas colonialism. American were fascinated with with things Japanese through the optics of race, gender, maturity, sexuality, and, of course, American exceptionalism.

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