Chelsea Szendi's Reviews > The Lens Within the Heart: The Western Scientific Gaze and Popular Imagery in Later Edo Japan

The Lens Within the Heart by Timon Screech
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May 08, 2010

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Interesting, but at times a bit impressionistic. I found some of the interpretations a bit questionable, even (using Kuki Shuzo's ideas about the Edo gaze as evidence about the Edo gaze? Really now). I guess I'm giving this three stars because I found it a relatively engaging read, but as a work of scholarship it feels like Screech stretches out his evidence and his arguments into several books, which leaves his work feeling a bit light.

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