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Author Hirano, Katsuya, author

Title The politics of dialogic imagination : power and popular culture in early modern Japan / Katsuya Hirano
Published Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, [2014]
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Description 1 online resource (295 pages) : illustrations
Series Chicago studies in practices of meaning
Chicago studies in practices of meaning.
Contents Introduction -- Strategies of containment and their aporia -- Parody and history in late Tokugawa culture -- Comic realism: a strategy of inversion -- Grotesque realism: a strategy of chaos -- Reconfiguring the body in a modernizing Japan
Summary "In The Politics of Dialogic Imagination, Katsuya Hirano seeks to understand why, with its seemingly unrivaled power, the Tokugawa shogunate of early modern Japan tried so hard to regulate the ostensibly unimportant popular culture of Edo (present-day Tokyo)--including fashion, leisure activities, prints, and theater. He does so by examining the works of writers and artists who depicted and celebrated the culture of play and pleasure associated with Edo's street entertainers, vagrants, actors, and prostitutes, whom Tokugawa authorities condemned to be detrimental to public mores, social order, and political economy. Hirano uncovers a logic of politics within Edo's cultural works that was extremely potent in exposing contradictions between the formal structure of the Tokugawa world and its rapidly changing realities. He goes on to look at the effects of this logic, examining policies enacted during the next era--the Meiji period--that mark a drastic reconfiguration of power and a new politics toward ordinary people under modernizing Japan. Deftly navigating Japan's history and culture, The Politics of Dialogic Imaginationprovides a sophisticated account of a country in the process of radical transformation--and of the intensely creative culture that came out of it"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Arts -- Political aspects -- Japan -- History -- 19th century.
Human body in popular culture -- Political aspects -- Japan.
Human body -- Political aspects -- Japan.
Japanese wit and humor -- Political aspects.
Kabuki -- Government policy -- Japan -- History.
Popular culture -- Government policy -- Japan -- History.
Japan -- Cultural policy -- History -- 19th century.
Japan -- History -- Tokugawa period, 1600-1868.
Japan -- Politics and government -- 1600-1868.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 022606073X (electronic book)
9780226060736 (electronic book)