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Title An Edo anthology : literature from Japan's mega-city, 1750-1850 / edited by Sumie Jones with Kenji Watanabe ; advisory board, Howard Hibbett, Shinji Nobuhiro.

Published Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2013.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (xii, 515 pages) : illustrations
Series Online access with EBA: JSTOR.
Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Contents Preface -- Introduction: The Production and Consumption of Literature in a Flourishing Metropolis -- Notes for the Reader -- I. Playboys, Prostitutes, and Lovers -- Seki the Night Hawk, 1753 / Robert Campbell, Yamaoka Matsuake -- "A Lousy Journey of Love: Two Sweethearts Won't Back Down," 1783 / Timon Screech, Hiraga Gennai -- At a Fork on the Road to Hiring a Hooker, 1798 / Sara Langer, Umebori Kokuga -- Intimations of Spring: The Plum Calendar, 1832-1833. Illustrated / Yanagawa Shigenobu, Yanagawa Jusan, Shigenobu II, Valerie L. Durham, Tamenaga Shunsui -- II. Ghosts, Monsters, and Deities -- One Hundred Monsters in Edo of Our Time, 1758 / William J. Farge, Baba Bunko -- Rootless Grass, 1763, 1769 / David Sitkin, Hiraga Gennai -- Thousand Arms of Goddess, Julienned: The Secret Recipe of Our Handmade Soup Stock, 1785. Illustrated by Kitao Masanobu / Santo Kyoden, Adam L. Kern, Shiba Zenko -- The Monster Takes a Bride, 1807. Illustrated by Katsukawa Shun'ei / Adam Kern, Jippensha Ikku -- Epic Yotsuya Ghost Tale, 1825 / Faith Bach, Tsuruya Nanboku IV -- III. Heroes, Rogues, and Fools -- Playboy, Grilled Edo Style, 1785. Illustrated by Kitao Masanobu / Sumie Jones, Santo Kyoden -- Osome and Hisamatsu: Their Amorous History-Read All About It!, 1813 / Caryn Caelahan, Tsuruya Nanboku IV, Sakurada Jisuke II -- opening section from The Tale of the Eight Dog Warriors of the Satomi Clan, 1814-1842. Illustrated chiefly / Yanagawa Shigenobu, Keisai Eisen, Ellen Widmer, Kyokutei Bakin -- Funamushi episodes from The Tale of the Eight Dog Warriors of the Satomi Clan, 1814-1842. Illustrated chiefly by Yanagawa Shigenobu and Keisai Eisen / Valerie L. Durham, Kyokutei Bakin -- Eight Footloose Fools: A Flower Almanac, written in 1820, published in 1849. Illustrated chiefly / Keisai Eisen, Utagawa Kuninao, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Dylan Mcgee, Christopher Robins, Ryutei Rijo -- Benten the Thief, 1862 / Alan Cummings, Kawatake Mokuami -- IV. City and Country Folks -- Mr. Senryus Barrel of Laughs, Edo Haikai Style, 1765-1838 / Jason Webb, Karai Senryu Et Al -- "The Housemaids Ballad" and Other Poems, 1769 / Andrew Markus, Domyaku Sensei -- In the World of Men, Nothing But Lies, 1812. Illustrated / Utagawa Kuninao, Joel Cohn, Shikitei Sanba -- The Floating World Barbershop, 1813-1814. Illustrated / Utagawa Kuninao, Charles Vilnis, Shikitei Sanba -- Tales from the North, 1818 / Bettina Gramlich-Oka, Tadano Makuzu -- V. Artists and Poets -- On Farting, c. 1774, c. 1777 / William F. Sibley, Hiraga Gennai -- The "Peony Petals" Sequence, 1780 / Chris Drake, Yosa Buson, Taka1 Kito -- Peasants, Peddlers, and Paramours: Waka Selections / Roger K. Thomas -- Icicle Teardrops and Butterfly Wings: Popular Love Songs / John Solt -- VI. Tourists and Onlookers -- Comparisons of Cities-(1) ANONYMOUS, "What They Think Good about Kyo and Edo," c. 1820, (2) SHIBA KOKAN, "On Good and Bad Things about Kyo and Edo" (A Letter to Yamaryo Kazuma), 1813, and (3) KIMURO BOUN, Tales of the Kyo I Have Seen, 1780 / Timon Screech -- Songs of the Northern Quarter, 1786 / Mark Borer, Ichikawa Kansai -- Outlandish Nonsense: Verses on Western Themes / Timon Screech -- An Account of the Prosperity of Edo, 1832: "Urban Chivalry" and "Honjo District" / Andrew Markus, Terakado Seiken -- Source Texts and Modern Editions -- List of Contributors -- Permissions -- Index of Names -- Subject Index -- Color plates follow p.
Summary During the eighteenth century, Edo (today's Tokyo) became the world's largest city, quickly surpassing London and Paris. Its rapidly expanding population and flourishing economy encouraged the development of a thriving popular culture. Innovative and ambitious young authors and artists soon began to look beyond the established categories of poetry, drama, and prose, banding together to invent completely new literary forms that focused on the fun and charm of Edo. Their writings were sometimes witty, wild, and bawdy, and other times sensitive, wise, and polished. Now some of these high spirited works, celebrating the rapid changes, extraordinary events, and scandalous news of the day, have been collected in an accessible volume highlighting the city life of Edo. Edo's urban consumers demanded visual presentations and performances in all genres. Novelties such as books with text and art on the same page were highly sought after, as were kabuki plays and the polychrome prints that often shared the same themes, characters, and even jokes. Popular interest in sex and entertainment focused attention on the theatre district and "pleasure quarters," which became the chief backdrops for the literature and arts of the period. Gesaku, or "playful writing," invented in the mid-eighteenth century, satirized the government and samurai behavior while parodying the classics. These entertaining new styles bred genres that appealed to the masses. Among the bestsellers were lengthy serialized heroic epics, revenge dramas, ghost and monster stories, romantic melodramas, and comedies that featured common folk. An Edo Anthology offers distinctive and engaging examples of this broad range of genres and media. It includes both well-known masterpieces and unusual examples from the city's counterculture, some popular with intellectuals, others with wider appeal. Some of the translations presented here are the first available in English and many are based on first editions. In bringing together these important and expertly translated Edo texts in a single volume, this collection will be warmly welcomed by students and interested readers of Japanese literature and popular culture.
Language notes English.
Other author Jones, Sumie, editor.
Watanabe, Kenji, 1944- editor.
Hibbett, Howard.
Nobuhiro, Shinji.
JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Japanese literature -- Edo period, 1600-1868 -- Translations into English.
Electronic books.
Comics (Graphic works)
ISBN 9780824837761 (electronic bk.)
0824837762 (electronic bk.)
0824836294 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780824836290 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0824837401 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
9780824837402 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
9780824836290 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780824837402 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
Standard Number 10.21313/9780824837761