Pandemonium and Parade: Japanese Monsters and the Culture of Yokai (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, Jan 1, 2008 - SOCIAL SCIENCE - 312 pages
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Water sprites, mountain goblins, shape-shifting animals, and the monsters known as "yokai "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 "yokai "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."

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Review: Pandemonium and Parade: Japanese Monsters and the Culture of Yokai

User Review  - Skaragrimson - Goodreads

An academic yet accessible study on the folklore, history and anthropology of yokai. Segues nicely into the modern influences of yokai and pop culture. If you want a detailed and well researched ... Read full review

Review: Pandemonium and Parade: Japanese Monsters and the Culture of Yokai

User Review  - Seán Hudson - Goodreads

A wealth of information for those interested in the history of yōkai. Unfortunately, this often reads like a PhD expanded into a book, with rambley tangents that, while often interesting in themselves ... Read full review


Introduction to the Weird
Natural History of the Weird Encyclopedias Spooky Stories and the Bestiaries of Toriyama Sekiem
Science of the Weird Inome Enryo Kokkuri and Human Electricity
Museum of the Weird Modernity Minzokugaku and the Discovery of Yokai
Media of the Weird Mizuki Shegeru and Kuchisakeonna
Yokai Culture Past Present Future

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About the author (2008)

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

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