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The Shapes of Otherness: the Representation of the Ainu People in Brodsky’s Travelogues 1918-1919

Centeno, Marcos (2015) 'The Shapes of Otherness: the Representation of the Ainu People in Brodsky’s Travelogues 1918-1919.' Kokoro, Revista para la difusión de la cultura japonesa (17). pp. 14-22.

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Abstract

The origins of cinema coincided with the growing interest in Ainu culture in the West. It is not surprising that the Ainu people appeared in the first images filmed by the cinematograph in Japan. This essay focus the analysis on the Ainu sequences included in Brodsky’s travelogues, tour documentaries: Beautiful Japan (1918) and A Trip through Japan with the YWCA (1919). His Western look projected an image of an «other», different to the Japanese, contrasting with the assimilation period suffered by the Ainu people at that time. It was an exotic construction which showed a primitivism in decline.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Kokoro Journal Prize for the Dissemination of Japanese Culture 2014
Keywords: ethnographic documentary, Ainu, Benjamin Brodsky, japaneseness, ethnic minorities
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Centre for Film Studies
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General)
ISSN: 21714959
Depositing User: Marcos Centeno
Date Deposited: 21 May 2017 15:58
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/24129

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