Pandemonium and Parade: Japanese Monsters and the Culture of Yokai

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Univ of California Press, 2009 - 291 páginas
Water sprites, mountain goblins, shape-shifting animals, and the monsters known as yôkai have 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 tracks yôkai over 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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Índice

Illustrations
8
Encyclopedias
30
Kitsune and tanuki from the KinmOzui
37
MikoshinydO from the Wakan sansaizue
44
MOryO from the Wakan sansaizue
45
KawatarO from the Wakan sansaizue
47
Kappa from Gazu hyakkiyagyO by Toriyama Sekien
58
Tanuki from Gazu hyakkiyagyO by Toriyama Sekien
59
Inoue EnryO Kokkuri
77
Photograph of Kokkuri from a 1912 book on hypnotism
86
Westerners ? play tableturning against a background haunted by fox spirits
94
Modernity Minzokugaku
115
Mizuki Shigeru and Kuchisakeonna
160
KitarO with Medamaoyaji
167
Nurikabe from Zusetsu Nihon yOkai taizen by Mizuki Shigeru
168
TenjOname from Hyakki tsurezure bukuro by Toriyama Sekien
172

Mikoshi from Gazu hyakkiyagyO by Toriyama Sekien
60
Ubume from Gazu hyakkiyagyO by Toriyama Sekien
61
Yanari from Gazu hyakkiyagyO by Toriyama Sekien
63
MOryO from Konjaku gazu zoku hyakki by Toriyama Sekien
64
Mokumokuren from Konjaku hyakki shi by Toriyama Sekien
67
HimamushinydO from Konjaku hyakki shi by Toriyama Sekien
68
HemamushinydO
69
Nonnonb1 explaining about tenjOname
175
Mizukis rendition of Kuchisakeonna
190
Past Present Future
204
Notes
217
Bibliography
259
Index
277
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Sobre el autor (2009)

Michael Dylan Foster is Assistant Professor of Folklore and East Asian Cultures at Indiana University.

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