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魔術のアジア近現代史

Conjuring Asia : Magic, Orientalism, and the Making of the Modern World

Goto-Jones, Chris

Cambridge University Press 2016/07
出版国: GB
ISBN: 9781107076594
eISBN: 9781316718827
KNPID: EY00245875
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The promise of magic has always commanded the human imagination, but the story of industrial modernity is usually seen as a process of disenchantment. Drawing on the writings and performances of the so-called 'Golden Age Magicians' from the turn of the twentieth century, Chris Goto-Jones unveils the ways in which European and North American encounters with (and representations of) Asia - the fabled Mystic East - worked to re-enchant experiences of the modern world. Beginning with a reconceptualization of the meaning of 'modern magic' itself - moving beyond conventional categories of 'real' and 'fake' magic - Goto-Jones' acclaimed book guides us on a magical mystery tour around India, China, and Japan, showing us levitations and decapitations, magic duels and bullet catches, goldfish bowls and paper butterflies. In the end, this mesmerizing book reveals Orientalism as a kind of magic in itself, casting a spell over Western culture that leaves it transformed, even today.

Table of Contents

Introduction: magic in the world; Part I: 1. Modern magic in history and theory; 2. A theory of modern magic; 3. Oriental(ist) magic; Part II: 4. Indian magic and magic in India; 5. Chinese magic and magic in China; 6. Japanese magic and magic in Japan; Conclusion: magic in the world.