Relocations of the great wave as part of the natural and built environments bring home sociocultural awareness of both the challenges and the opportunities of global change their patterns of distribution in forms that may be loosely characterized as site specific art are uneven and do not imply uniform understandings of the wave but all share an emphasis on real life responses to . Hokusais great wave as it is commonly known today is arguably one of japans most successful exports its commanding cresting profile instantly recognizable no matter how different its representations in media and style in this richly illustrated and highly original study christine guth examines the iconic wave from its first publication in 1831 through the. Through a rigorous analysis of the reproductions and adaptations of hokusais wave in the world guth examines the highly complicated process by which hokusais motif crossed national and cultural borders and the boundaries of genres and media to become recognised as a global icon. In this richly illustrated and highly original study christine guth examines the iconic wave from its first publication in 1831 through the remarkable range of its articulations arguing that it has been a site where the tensions contradictions and especially the productive creativities of the local and the global have been negotiated and expressed
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