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10 Sep 19
Quaint, Exquisite: Victorian Aesthetics and the Idea of Japan by Grace E. Lavery

Quaint, Exquisite: Victorian Aesthetics and the Idea of Japan by Grace E. Lavery

Review by Laurence Green

This account seeks to remind us of the excitement and promise Japan held for the Victorian populace in particular, when many of these notions were first introduced. Japan as the ‘Other Empire’ – the world’s first non-Western modernity.

Harunobu Triptych and Other Poems by Dorothy Britton

Harunobu Triptych and Other Poems by Dorothy Britton

Review by Gordon Daniels

Dorothy’s collection of poems illustrates her highly personal travels across three continents. In this volume her poems are accompanied by her own sketches; some of which were influenced by the works of famous ukiyo-e artists.

02 Sep 19
Noriko Smiling by Adam Mars-Jones

Noriko Smiling by Adam Mars-Jones

Review by Laurence Green

Over the course of around 240 pages, writer Adam Mars-Jones sets to examining Late Spring with a fine-toothed comb, offering a surprisingly frank, and often humorous take on the film’s narrative and themes.

05 Aug 19
British Royal and Japanese Imperial Relations, 1868-2018

British Royal and Japanese Imperial Relations, 1868-2018

Review by Ian Nish

Complemented by a significant plate section, with many rarely seen historical photographs and illustrations, together with supporting chronologies, British Royal and Japanese Imperial Relations, 1868-2018 will become a benchmark reference on the subject.

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