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 as y kai 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 y kai 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.

Product Details

Price
$41.94
Publisher
University of California Press
Publish Date
November 01, 2008
Pages
291
Dimensions
6.14 X 0.76 X 8.94 inches | 0.92 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780520253629
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About the Author

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