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    The Ainu in documentary films: promiscuous iconography and the absent image

    Centeno Martin, Marcos Pablo (2022) The Ainu in documentary films: promiscuous iconography and the absent image. In: Desser, D. (ed.) Companion to Japanese Cinema. Wiley Blackwell Companions to National Cinemas. Malden, U.S.: Blackwell. ISBN 9781118955321. (In Press)

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    Images showing how Ainu physical traits significantly differed from their neighbours in the Far East fuelled the widespread idea in the West that the Ainu had European ancestors. This triggered an exceptional interest in Ainu culture among the European as well as American audiences between the Meiji period and the outbreak of the “Chinese Incident” in 1937. It is in this period when the Ainu were featured in a number of moving images to be screened outside Hokkaido. The aim of this chapter is to assess the standardisation of Ainu iconography during this period and interrogate the role played by cinema in this process. To that end, the relevance of moving images in the early history of the representation of the Ainu people is assessed in relation to a complex process of visual codification that also involved painting, engraving and photography.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Ainu, ethnic documentary film, minorities
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Marcos Pablo Centeno Martin
    Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2021 09:06
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:51

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