Floating World in Japanese Fiction, The

Floating World in Japanese Fiction, The

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The Japan of the 'Floating World' is one of the most fascinating and important eras in the history of Asian art and culture. The fiction of this time, called ukiyo-zoshi or 'Tales of the Floating World, ' brought to life a complex world of rakish shopkeepers, teahouse women, celebrated actors, and ordinary townspeople - all obsessed with the pursuit of pleasure that characterized Genroku culture. 'The Floating World in Japanese Fiction' explores the period from three distinct points of view. Howard Hibbett chronicles the historical and social influences of the age. Then he presents the works of ukiyo-zoshi writer Kiseki. Lastly, Hibbett offers his translation of 'The Woman Who Spent Her Life in Love' by Saikaku, the celebrated master of the genre. A fascinating reflection of the Japanese soul, the stories in this book are elemental to an understanding of Japanese literature and Japan itself.For the modern reader, Saikaku and Kiseki make rather eccentric a€” at times exasperating a€” guides to the floating world. ... so-called Primitives, we find sharp visual images of the people and places, the odd customs and forgotten fashions, whose strange names spangle Genroku fiction. ... why Tokugawa books, beginning with a poetic anthology of 1 605 and the 65 V: UKITO-E AND GENROKU FICTION.

Title:Floating World in Japanese Fiction, The
Author: Howard Hibbett
Publisher:Tuttle Publishing - 2001

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