Pandemonium and Parade Japanese Monsters and the Culture of Yokai
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Description: Water sprites, mountain goblins, shape-shifting animals, and the monsters known asyocirc;kaihave long haunted the Japanese cultural landscape. This history of the strange and mysterious in Japan seeks out these creatures in folklore, encyclopedias, literature, art, science, games, manga, magazines, and movies, exploring their meanings in the Japanese cultural imagination and offering an abundance of valuable and, until now, understudied material. Michael Dylan Foster tracksyocirc;kaiover three centuries, from their appearance in seventeenth-century natural histories to their starring role in twentieth-century popular media. Focusing on the intertwining of belief and commodification, fear and pleasure, horror and humor, he illuminates different conceptions of the "natural" and the "ordinary" and sheds light on broader social and historical paradigms--and ultimately on the construction of Japan as a nation.
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Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 11/3/2008
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
|List of Illustrations|
|Note on Japanese Names and Terms|
|Introduction to theWeird|
|Natural History of theWeird: Encyclopedias, Spooky Stories, and the Bestiaries of Toriyama Sekien|
|Science of theWeird: Inoue EnryO, Kokkuri, and Human Electricity|
|Museum of theWeird: Modernity, Minzokugaku, and the Discovery of YOkai|
|Media of theWeird: Mizuki Shigeru and Kuchi-sake-onna|
|YOkai Culture: Past, Present, Future|