Maki Fukuoka. The Premise of Fidelity: Science, Visuality, and Representing the Real in Nineteenth-Century Japan

Low, Morris (2013) Maki Fukuoka. The Premise of Fidelity: Science, Visuality, and Representing the Real in Nineteenth-Century Japan. American Historical Review, 118 4: 1162-1163. doi:10.1093/ahr/118.4.1162


Author Low, Morris
Title Maki Fukuoka. The Premise of Fidelity: Science, Visuality, and Representing the Real in Nineteenth-Century Japan
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Maki Fukuoka. The Premise of Fidelity: Science, Visuality, and Representing the Real in Nineteenth-Century Japan
Journal name American Historical Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0002-8762
1937-5239
Publication date 2013-10-01
Sub-type Review of book, film, TV, video, software, performance, music etc
DOI 10.1093/ahr/118.4.1162
Volume 118
Issue 4
Start page 1162
End page 1163
Total pages 2
Place of publication Cary, NC, United States
Publisher Oxford University Press
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This book makes a major contribution to the history of art, science, and medicine in Japan by examining botanical illustration in the nineteenth century. It helps us understand how Japanese scholars at the time explored the relationship between seeing and knowing nature. By naming and classifying plants, and then representing them, they shaped the concept of shashin, which today means “photograph” but which might be better translated as “transposition of the real.”

Maki Fukuoka focuses on a group of scholars based in Nagoya who were known as the Shōhyaku-sha. The group included not only physicians and pharmacologists but also farmers and bureaucrats who were interested in materia medica...
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Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Review of book, film, TV, video, software, performance, music etc
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