Discourses of the Vanishing: Modernity, Phantasm, Japan / Edition 1

Discourses of the Vanishing: Modernity, Phantasm, Japan / Edition 1

by Marilyn Ivy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226388336

ISBN-13: 9780226388335

Pub. Date: 05/01/1995

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Japan today is haunted by the ghosts its spectacular modernity has generated. Deep anxieties about the potential loss of national identity and continuity disturb many in Japan, despite widespread insistence that it has remained culturally intact. In this provocative conjoining of ethnography, history, and cultural criticism, Marilyn Ivy discloses these

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Japan today is haunted by the ghosts its spectacular modernity has generated. Deep anxieties about the potential loss of national identity and continuity disturb many in Japan, despite widespread insistence that it has remained culturally intact. In this provocative conjoining of ethnography, history, and cultural criticism, Marilyn Ivy discloses these anxieties—and the attempts to contain them—as she tracks what she calls the vanishing: marginalized events, sites, and cultural practices suspended at moments of impending disappearance.

Ivy shows how a fascination with cultural margins accompanied the emergence of Japan as a modern nation-state. This fascination culminated in the early twentieth-century establishment of Japanese folklore studies and its attempts to record the spectral, sometimes violent, narratives of those margins. She then traces the obsession with the vanishing through a range of contemporary reconfigurations: efforts by remote communities to promote themselves as nostalgic sites of authenticity, storytelling practices as signs of premodern presence, mass travel campaigns, recallings of the dead by blind mediums, and itinerant, kabuki-inspired populist theater.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226388335
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/01/1995
Edition description:
1
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,081,564
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1National-Cultural Phantasms and Modernity's Losses1
2Itineraries of Knowledge: Trans-figuring Japan29
3Ghastly Insufficiencies: Tono Monogatari and the Origins of Nativist Ethnology66
4Narrative Returns, Uncanny Topographies98
5Ghostly Epiphanies: Recalling the Dead on Mount Osore141
6Theatrical Crossings, Capitalist Dreams192
Afterwords on Repetition and Redemption241
Bibliography249
Index261

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