Review of Blind in Early Modern Japan: Disability, Medicine, and Identity
Blind in Early Modern Japan: Disability, Medicine, and Identity by Wei Yu Wayne Tan is a recent addition to the Corporealities series edited by David T. Mitchell and Sharon L. Snyder. Tan’s slender but ambitious monograph tackles the subject of blindness in premodern Japan, and more specifically, the Tokugawa period (1600-1868), which roughly coincides with the early modern period in European history. It asks “what did it mean to be blind in Tokugawa society?” and the response will be of interest to early modernists, scholars of disability history, and experts on Tokugawa Japan.
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