A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese EDO-Period Prints and Paintings (1600 1868)

Author: Joshua S. Mostow,Asato Ikeda,Ryoko Matsuba
Publisher: Hotei Publishing
ISBN: 9780888545145
Category: Art
Page: 160
View: 8892

Gender relations were complex in Edo-period Japan (1603 1868). "Wakashu," male youths, were desired by men and women, constituting a third gender with their androgynous appearance and variable sexuality. For the first time outside Japan, "A Third Gender" examines the fascination with "wakashu" in Edo-period culture and their visual representation in art, demonstrating how they destabilize the conventionally held model of gender binarism. The volume will reproduce, in colour, over a hundred works, mostly woodblock prints and illustrated books from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries produced by a number of designers ranging from such well-known artists as Okumura Masanobu, Suzuki Harunobu, Kitagawa Utamaro and Utagawa Kunisada, to lesser known artists such as Shigemasa, Eishi and Eiri. "A Third Gender" is based on the collection of the Royal Ontario Museum, which houses the largest collection of Japanese art in Canada, including more than 2,500 woodblock prints."

Conflicts of Interest

Art and War in Modern Japan
Author: Sebastian Dobson,Rhiannon Paget,Sonja Hotwagner,Andreas Marks
Publisher: University of Washington Press
ISBN: 9780295999814
Category: Art
Page: 327
View: 7610

Published in conjunction with the exhibition Conflicts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan, presented at the Saint Louis Art Museum from October 16, 2016-January 8, 2017.

Third sex, third gender

beyond sexual dimorphism in culture and history
Author: Gilbert H. Herdt
Publisher: Zone Books (NY)
ISBN: 9780942299823
Category: Psychology
Page: 614
View: 4656

In the 1990s, questions of sex roles and individual identity have taken a central position in intellectual debates. These eleven essays in history and anthropology offer a novel perspective on these debates by questioning the place of sexual dimorphism in culture and history. They propose a new role for the study of alternative sex and gender systems in cultural science, as a means of critiquing thinking that privileges standard male/female gender distinctions and rejects the natural basis of other forms of sexuality. The essays: Introduction Gilbert Herdt. Living in the Shadows: Eunuchs and Gender in Byzantium Kathryn Ringrose. London's Sapphists: From Three Sexes to Four Genders in the Making of Modern Culture Randolph Trumbach. Sodomy and the Pursuit of a Third Sex in the Early Modern Period Theo van der Meer. A Female Soul in a Male Body Gert Hekma. Woman Becomes Man in the Balkans Rene Gremaux. Polynesian Gender Liminality Through Time and Space Niko Besnier. How to Become a Berdache: Toward a Unified Analysis of Gender Diversity Will Roscoe. Hijras: An Alternative Sex and Gender Role in India Serena Nanda. Mistaken Sex: Culture, Biology and the Third Sex in New Guinea Gilbert Herdt. Transcending and Transgendering: Male-to-Female Transsexuals, Dichotomy and Diversity Anne Bolin. "Distributed for Zone Books"


Japan's Floating World: The John C. Weber Collection
Author: Laura W. Allen
Publisher: Asian Art Museum
ISBN: 9780939117703
Category: Art
Page: 280
View: 3278

* * Winner of the 2017 Silver Medal for Fine Art (National Level) from the Independent Publisher Book Awards * * Featuring dozens of stunning Japanese woodblock prints, textiles, serving vessels and thoughtful essays, Seduction paints a vibrant and provocative picture of Japan's Uikoyo-e or 'floating world.' 'The Floating World' was catch phrase that defined the pleasure quarters of Edo-period Japan's (1615—1868) and conveyed a fantasy realm where men were led to believe they could drift aimlessly in the pursuit of pleasure. Brothels were a prominent feature, but other entertainments, such as theater, music, and wrestling were also offered. Pursuit of such pleasures prompted a revolution in fashion, literature, and the visual arts, as the pleasure district was marketed not just through the offer of sex but rather through the elaboration of the seductive image of a sophisticated demimonde that beckoned visitors. Seduction show how images of courtesans were constructed as objects of desire, and it considers how the artistic version aligned with or departed from the reality of women's lives. It traces the ways that art was used to transport viewers to a constructed realm of sensory delights to stimulate desires and gratify fantasies of carefree pleasure. Editor Laura W. Allen offers an overview of the seductive spell cast by the floating world and provides helpful entries on each of the featured objects. Essays by Melinda Takeuchi, Eric C. Rath, and Julia Meech introduce the floating world, consider the role of food in the pleasure quarter, and explore the feminine gaze in the Japanese print. A translation of the texts on the Hishikawa Moronobu scroll is included. The result is a fascinating study of the way that visual objects were used to convey insider knowledge about the latest fashions in clothing, hairstyles, accessories, and even games. Armed with such knowledge, a visitor to the pleasure quarters would be prepared for the pursuit of love and other objects of desire.

Ut pictura amor

The Reflexive Imagery of Love in Artistic Theory and Practice, 1500-1700
Author: Walter Melion,Michael Zell,Joanna Woodall
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004346465
Category: History
Page: 812
View: 3494

Cartographies of Desire

Male-Male Sexuality in Japanese Discourse, 1600–1950
Author: Gregory M. Pflugfelder
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520251652
Category: History
Page: 399
View: 5017

"A remarkable and sorely needed synthesis of the best of traditional historiographical documentation and critically astute analysis and contextualization. Cartographies complements and, frankly, exceeds any of the English language monographs on similar topics that precede it, and it represents significant contributions to several fields outside of East Asian history, including literature, gender studies, lesbian and gay studies, and cultural studies."—Earl Jackson Jr., author of Strategies of Deviance: Studies in Gay male Representation and Fantastic Living: The Speculative Autobiographies of Samuel R. Delany

Living for the Moment

Japanese Prints from the Barbara S. Bowman Collection
Author: Hollis Goodall
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783791354729
Category: ART
Page: 176
View: 5793

Spanning the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the exquisite examples of Japanese prints included in this book offer insights into the history of an art form and vision that is distinctively Japanese and was highly inspirational to later European painters. Polychrome prints, or ukiyo-e, first appeared in Japan in the late 18th century. Delicately hued and intricate, they depicted landscapes, scenes, and figures that epitomized the country's idea of "the floating world": a place whose denizens lived for the moment and appreciated the pleasures of the natural world. This volume surveys the prominent Barbara S. Bowman collection of prints notable for a number of reasons: an excellently preserved print of Lucky Dream for the New Year: Mount Fuji, Falcon, and Eggplants by Suzuki Harunobu; a number of surimono, or privately published prints that were created with unusually luxurious materials; and numerous works by Hiroshige and Hokusai, who are considered the masters of the art form. Each of the over one hundred prints in this book is reproduced in large color plates that highlight their subtle beauty and charm and are accompanied by extensive analysis of the pieces' remarkable qualities. This comprehensive overview of the collection by LACMA curator Hollis Goodall addresses the significance and history of the Bowman collection and the many ways it enhances the museum's extensive holdings of Japanese art.

Courtly Visions

The Ise Stories and the Politics of Cultural Appropriation
Author: Joshua S. Mostow
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004249435
Category: Art
Page: 368
View: 1051

Courtly Visions: The Ise Stories and the Politics of Cultural Appropriation traces—through the visual and literary record—the reception and use of the tenth-century literary romance through the seventeenth century.

Performing "Nation"

Gender Politics in Literature, Theater, and the Visual Arts of China and Japan, 1880-1940
Author: Doris Croissant,Catherine Vance Yeh,Joshua Scott Mostow
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004170197
Category: Social Science
Page: 445
View: 1585

Uniquely covering literary, visual and performative expressions of culture, this volume aims to correlate the conjunctions of nation building, gender and representation in late 19th and early 20th century China and Japan. Focusing on gender formation, the chapters explore the changing constructs of masculinities and femininities in China and Japan from the early modern up to the 1930s. Chapters focus on the dynamism that links the remodeling of traditional arts and media to the political and cultural power relations between China, Japan, and the Western world. A true tribute to multidisciplinary studies.

A History of Japan, 1582-1941

Internal and External Worlds
Author: L. M. Cullen
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521529181
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 357
View: 6700

Distinctive overview of the internal and external pressures responsible for the emergence of modern Japan.

Faith and Power in Japanese Buddhist Art, 1600-2005

Author: Patricia Jane Graham
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
ISBN: 0824831918
Category: Art
Page: 353
View: 2763

Explores the transformation of Buddhism from the premodern to the contemporary era in Japan and the central role its visual culture has played in this transformation. Although Buddhism is generally regarded as peripheral to modern Japanese society, this book demonstrates otherwise.

The Cambridge History of Japanese Literature

Author: Haruo Shirane,Tomi Suzuki
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1316368289
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: N.A
View: 1627

The Cambridge History of Japanese Literature provides, for the first time, a history of Japanese literature with comprehensive coverage of the premodern and modern eras in a single volume. The book is arranged topically in a series of short, accessible chapters for easy access and reference, giving insight into both canonical texts and many lesser known, popular genres, from centuries-old folk literature to the detective fiction of modern times. The various period introductions provide an overview of recurrent issues that span many decades, if not centuries. The book also places Japanese literature in a wider East Asian tradition of Sinitic writing and provides comprehensive coverage of women's literature as well as new popular literary forms, including manga (comic books). An extensive bibliography of works in English enables readers to continue to explore this rich tradition through translations and secondary reading.

Antiphonal Histories

Resonant Pasts in the Toba Batak Musical Present
Author: Julia Byl
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
ISBN: 0819574805
Category: Music
Page: 336
View: 5832

Positioned on a major trade route, the Toba Batak people of Sumatra have long witnessed the ebb and flow of cultural influence from India, the Middle East, and the West. Living as ethnic and religious minorities within modern Indonesia, Tobas have recast this history of difference through interpretations meant to strengthen or efface the identities it has shaped. Antiphonal Histories examines Toba musical performance as a legacy of global history, and a vital expression of local experience. This intriguingly constructed ethnography searches the palm liquor stand and the sanctuary to show how Toba performance manifests its many histories through its “local music”—Lutheran brass band hymns, gong-chime music sacred to Shiva, and Jimmie Rodgers yodeling. Combining vivid narrative, wide-ranging historical research, and personal reflections, Antiphonal Histories traces the musical trajectories of the past to show us how the global is manifest in the performative moment.

The Columbia Companion to Modern East Asian Literature

Author: Joshua S. Mostow
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231507364
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 700
View: 2727

This extraordinary one-volume guide to the modern literatures of China, Japan, and Korea is the definitive reference work on the subject in the English language. With more than one hundred articles that show how a host of authors and literary movements have contributed to the general literary development of their respective countries, this companion is an essential starting point for the study of East Asian literatures. Comprehensive thematic essays introduce each geographical section with historical overviews and surveys of persistent themes in the literature examined, including nationalism, gender, family relations, and sexuality. Following the thematic essays are the individual entries: over forty for China, over fifty for Japan, and almost thirty for Korea, featuring everything from detailed analyses of the works of Tanizaki Jun'ichiro and Murakami Haruki, to far-ranging explorations of avant-garde fiction in China and postwar novels in Korea. Arrayed chronologically, each entry is self-contained, though extensive cross-referencing affords readers the opportunity to gain a more synoptic view of the work, author, or movement. The unrivaled opportunities for comparative analysis alone make this unique companion an indispensable reference for anyone interested in the burgeoning field of Asian literature. Although the literatures of China, Japan, and Korea are each allotted separate sections, the editors constantly kept an eye open to those writers, works, and movements that transcend national boundaries. This includes, for example, Chinese authors who lived and wrote in Japan; Japanese authors who wrote in classical Chinese; and Korean authors who write in Japanese, whether under the colonial occupation or because they are resident in Japan. The waves of modernization can be seen as reaching each of these countries in a staggered fashion, with eddies and back-flows between them then complicating the picture further. This volume provides a vivid sense of this dynamic interplay.

The Ashgate Research Companion to Japanese Music

Author: David W. Hughes
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351697609
Category: Music
Page: 472
View: 6002

Music is a frequently neglected aspect of Japanese culture. It is in fact a highly problematic area, as the Japanese actively introduced Western music into their modern education system in the Meiji period (1868-1911), creating westernized melodies and instrumental instruction for Japanese children from kindergarten upwards. As a result, most Japanese now have a far greater familiarity with Western (or westernized) music than with traditional Japanese music. Traditional or classical Japanese music has become somewhat ghettoized, often known and practised only by small groups of people in social structures which have survived since the pre-modern era. Such marginalization of Japanese music is one of the less recognized costs of Japan's modernization. On the other hand, music in its westernized and modernized forms has an extremely important place in Japanese culture and society, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, for example, being so widely known and performed that it is arguably part of contemporary Japanese popular and mass culture. Japan has become a world leader in the mass production of Western musical instruments and in innovative methodologies of music education (Yamaha and Suzuki). More recently, the Japanese craze of karaoke as a musical entertainment and as musical hardware has made an impact on the leisure and popular culture of many countries in Asia, Europe and the Americas. This is the first book to cover in detail all genres including court music, Buddhist chant, theatre music, chamber ensemble music and folk music, as well as contemporary music and the connections between music and society in various periods. The book is a collaborative effort, involving both Japanese and English speaking authors, and was conceived by the editors to form a balanced approach that comprehensively treats the full range of Japanese musical culture.

The Princeton Companion to Classical Japanese Literature

Author: Earl Roy Miner,小田桐弘子,Robert E. Morrell
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691008257
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 570
View: 5049

The description for this book, The Princeton Companion to Classical Japanese Literature, will be forthcoming.

Edo, Art in Japan 1615-1868

Author: Robert T. Singer,John T. Carpenter,National Gallery of Art (U.S.)
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300077964
Category: Art
Page: 480
View: 5852

Shows and describes Edo-period art, including screens, armor, woodblock prints, pottery, and kimonos

Beautiful Boys/Outlaw Bodies

Devising Kabuki Female-Likeness
Author: K. Mezur
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1403979138
Category: Social Science
Page: 319
View: 5956

This book is a feminist reading of gender performance and construction of the female role players, onnogata, of the Kabuki theatre. It is not limited to a 'theatre arts' focus, rather it is a mapping and close analysis of transformative genders through several historical periods in Japan (the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries).

The Role of Japan in Modern Chinese Art

Author: Joshua A. Fogel
Publisher: University of California Press
ISBN: 9780984590971
Category: Art
Page: 489
View: 3939

Asian Literary Voices

From Marginal to Mainstream
Author: Philip F. Williams
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
ISBN: 9089640924
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 168
View: 1722

Philip F. Williams has published nine books in East Asian studies, including The Great Wall of Confinement (UCal, 2004), and has been Professor of Chinese at Massey University and Arizona State University. --