• The gender of beauty in architectural and interior design discourse in modern Japan

Teasley, Sarah, 2012, Book Section, The gender of beauty in architectural and interior design discourse in modern Japan In: Yuen Wong, Aida, (ed.) Visualizing Beauty: Gender and Ideology in Modern East Asia. University of Hong Kong Press, Hong Kong, pp. 113-130. ISBN 9789888083909

Abstract or Description:

In the past two decades, scholarship on women’s agency as designers in the domestic sphere in Europe, the Americas and Asia has flourished within the history of design. Architectural history has also seen significant research into the formation of modern architectural practice in Japan. Nonetheless, scholars of Japanese history have not directly compared the emergence of the male architect and female housewife as gendered ‘design professionals’.
Teasley’s essay, which developed from a peer-reviewed conference paper for the College Art Association and appears in this interdisciplinary, multi-country peer-reviewed volume on beauty and femininity in early modern and modern East Asia, does precisely this. By comparing the concept and significance of beauty as defined for architects and professional housewives in late 19th- and early 20th-century textbooks, manuals and professional journals, Teasley provides insight into the different paths to architecture and design practice – professional and amateur – offered to Japanese men and women in this period. She argues that gender norms in Japan during this time required both men and women to create architectural beauty, but in different spaces, for different purposes and with a very different aesthetics: universalist and rational for men, and nationalist and ‘traditional’ for women.
The chapter traces the origins of these two conceptions of beauty in imported Western architectural and domestic economy theory, and in reinventions of earlier Japanese attitudes towards gender, class and making. In so doing, it uncovers previously unexplored historical connections between Japanese, American and British architectural theory and education in late-19th-century Japan, and places Japanese modern architecture and domestic economy within a global framework.
Teasley was also invited to present this research as part of a week-long multi-seminar guest lectureship at Parsons the New School for Design (2011).

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Subjects: Architecture > K100 Architecture > K110 Architectural Design Theory
Other > Social studies > L300 Sociology > L320 Gender studies
Other > Eastern > T200 Japanese studies
Other > Historical and Philosophical studies > V300 History by topic > V360 History of Architecture
Other > Historical and Philosophical studies > V300 History by topic > V370 History of Design
School or Centre: School of Arts & Humanities
Copyright Holders: Sarah Teasley
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 16:14
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2018 15:43
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/563
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