Floating World in Japanese Fiction, The: 浮世草子

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Tuttle Publishing, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 232 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

GENROKU
3
PLEASURES OF THE UKIYO
23
SAIKAKU
36
KISEKI AND THE HAGHIMONJIYA
50
UKITOE AND GENROKU FICTION
65
ECCENTRICITIES OF THE UKIYOZOSHI
83
from Characters of Worldly Young Women
99
A WAYWARD WIFE
104
from The Woman Who Spent Her Life in Love
153
AN OLD CRONES HERMITAGE
154
MUSICAL AND DANCING FESTIVITIES
160
PROVINCIAL LORDS FAVOURITE
165
WANTON BEAUTIES
172
COURTESAN OF MIDDLE RANK
180
IN THE LOWER RANKS OF THE GAY QUARTER
186
LADY ETIQUETTETEACHER AND LETTERWRITER
193

from Characters of Worldly Young Men
113
A SPENDTHRIFT
117
A SWAGGERER
125
A PRIG
132
A RAKE
139
A WORTHLESS TRIO
145
MAIDSERVANT OF A TOWNSMAN
198
RUINED BY LOVE IN ISHIGAKI
205
THE BUDDHAS FIVE HUNDRED DISCIPLES ALL VERY FAMILIAR
213
NOTES
218
INDEX
231
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