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Department Stores & Art Consumption in Japan
A review of Art in Everyday Life: Department Stores as Purveyors of Culture in Modern Japan, by Younjung Oh. Since the turn of the twentieth...
Temple Architecture in India
A review of Forming Dōrasamudra: Temples of the Hoysaḷa Capital in Context, by Katherine E. Kasdorf. Despite more than two hundred years of systematic...
Displaying Votive Paintings in Edo Japan
A review of Ema: Display Practices of Edo Period Votive Paintings, by Hilary Katherine Snow. This dissertation by Hilary K. Snow examines the diversit...
Architecture of Turko-Islamic Anatolia
A review of Building the Sultanate of Rum: Memory, Urbanism, and Mysticism in the Architectural Patronage of ‘Ala al-Din Kayqubad (r. 1220-1237), by S...
Beijing’s “Lama Temple” & Imperial Universalism
A review of Yonghegong: Imperial Universalism and the Art and Architecture of Beijing’s “Lama Temple”, by Kevin R. E. Greenwood. Since Ferd Lessing pu...
Visual Culture of Song Dynasty Buddhism
A review of Descent of Deities: The Water-Land Retreat and the Transformation of the Visual Culture of Song-Dynasty (960-1279) Buddhism, by Phillip E....
Sacred Images in Medieval Chinese Buddhism
A review of Quest for the True Visage: Sacred Images in Medieval Chinese Buddhist Art and Concept of Zhen, by Sun-ah Choi. As in other...
Material Culture of Six Dynasties North China
A review of Leaves that Sway: Gold Xianbei Cap Ornaments from Northeast China, by Sarah Laursen. Sarah Laursen’s dissertation is the first work in Eng...
Representing Nanjing in Imperial China
A review of Dimensions of Place: Map, Itinerary, and Trace in Images of Nanjing, by Catherine Stuer. Catherine Stuer’s dissertation is a comprehensive...
Rethinking Buddha Images in Thailand
A review of The Social and Religious World of Northern Thai Buddha Images: Art, Lineage, Power and Place in Lan Na Monastic Chronicles (Tamnan), by......
Butoh in a Global Performance Context
A review of An Empty Room: Butoh Performance and the Social Body in Crisis, by Michael Sakamoto. Butoh, a dance style that originates in Japan,...
Accessing Primary Documents in China
Accessing Primary Documents in China Familiarizing oneself with the particularities of a certain archive is helpful for any researcher preparing to co...