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Kuniyoshi: The Faithful Samurai

Overview

A pioneering publication which deals with the most famous series - the Seishu gishi den (1847-48) and its sequel the Seishu gishin den (1848) - of the forty-seven masterless samurai (ronin) by artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861). The true 18th-century tale of revenge by forty-seven ronin for the death of their lord was enormously popular in Japan: it was dramatised for the Kabuki theatre and its heroes were often depicted in ukiyo-e prints. Kuniyoshi was a master in the genre of warrior prints, and his series ...
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Overview

A pioneering publication which deals with the most famous series - the Seishu gishi den (1847-48) and its sequel the Seishu gishin den (1848) - of the forty-seven masterless samurai (ronin) by artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861). The true 18th-century tale of revenge by forty-seven ronin for the death of their lord was enormously popular in Japan: it was dramatised for the Kabuki theatre and its heroes were often depicted in ukiyo-e prints. Kuniyoshi was a master in the genre of warrior prints, and his series expressively portrays these warrior 'folk heroes'. Dr. Weinberg's book also includes translations of the texts which appear on the prints and which recount each hero's exploits. In addition, there are photographs of the relics of the masterless samurai and the ruins of their castle in Ako.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789074822855
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

David R. Weinberg is often described as a 'renaissance man': he was educated at Columbia University, holds a doctorate degree in Comparative Literature from Michigan State University and a diploma from the Athens Conservatory of Music. An international educator and scholar, he has been the recipient of many awards. Dr. Weinberg has written books and articles on ancient Greek literature and culture, Japanese art, and classical music. He has been a collector of Japanese woodblock prints for over thirty years.
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Table of Contents

Map of Japan 6
Foreword 7
Preface 9
Acknowledgements 10
Introduction 13
1 Background 13
2 The event 14
3 The drama of the Chushingura and its illustration 18
4 Kuniyoshi and the forty-seven ronin warrior prints 22
5 Anatomy of the print 26
6 Technical details 27
7 The translations 29
The calligraphy and the language 31
Notes 35
Series I36
Stories of The faithful samurai (Seichu gishi den) 36
The plates: Series I 39
Series II143
Stories of The faithful hearts (Seichu gishin den) 143
The plates: Series II 145
Appendices 182
a Romanizing Japanese 182
b Combined index of names on plates 183
c Note on suffixes 186
d On the currency 187
Glossary 188
Select bibliography 190
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