EAS100Y1 Lecture Notes - Woodblock Printing, Birds Eye View, Sengoku Period

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EAS378H1 S Lecture 4
Tuesday January 29th, 2013
Time and Space
Yonemoto’s Mapping Early Modern Japan
Karatani’s The Discursive Space of Modern Japan
Era names, times, places, texts, readings, classes
TIFF Cinemathèque Retrospective
The Sun in the Last Days of the Shogunate
February 16
Time Karatani Kojin
Different worlds of time for Karatani
Dealing with temporal consciousness travelling from modernity to early modern period
Travelling backwards
We begin from 0 AD and go in both directions to the past and the future
We project ourselves forward into the future in science fiction
We are waiting for this Messianic moment, the supposed end of the world
For example 2012 and the apocalypse
Time was designated by the emperor’s name
Meiji, Taisho, Showa,
One period and one emperor name that has a beginning and an ending
Different organization of signs if it’s Showa ’45 versus Meiji ‘45
General Nogi kills himself in Meiji ’45 expunging his desire to be proper to this martial aesthetic
Meiji 45 = 1912 AD
When you convert those years that Karatani notes into Christian years, it’s a totally different sense of
Moving into this period is moving into a completely different kind of thought and organization
Presentism historians imposing how the world works today on the past
Ballad star-crossed lovers, young boy transported into Sengoku-jidai, digital camera
Our understanding of the modern world cannot register with the past
If you could travel to 500 years ago in the Sengoku era you would go crazy
Even our bodies would not be able to register with the environment of the past
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