Sex and the Floating World: Erotic Images in Japan 1700-1820 / Edition 2

Sex and the Floating World: Erotic Images in Japan 1700-1820 / Edition 2

by Timon Screech
     
 

ISBN-10: 1861894325

ISBN-13: 9781861894328

Pub. Date: 09/15/2009

Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited

Sex and the Floating World offers an entirely new assessment of the genre of Japanese paintings and prints known as shunga. Recent changes in Japanese law have at last enabled erotic images to be published without fear of prosecution, and many picture-books have since appeared in Japan. There has, however, been very little attempt to situate shunga imagery within the…  See more details below

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Sex and the Floating World offers an entirely new assessment of the genre of Japanese paintings and prints known as shunga. Recent changes in Japanese law have at last enabled erotic images to be published without fear of prosecution, and many picture-books have since appeared in Japan. There has, however, been very little attempt to situate shunga imagery within the contexts of sexuality, gender or the politics of power. Questions of aesthetics, and of whether shunga deserves a place in the canon of Japanese art history, have dominated, and the issue of how such images were used has been avoided. Timon Screech seeks to re-establish shunga in its proper historical contexts of culture and creativity. Shunga prints are unusual in that they are overtly about sex. Once we begin to examine them first and foremost as sexual aids, we must be prepared for some shocks. In Sex and the Floating World, the author takes us into the strange world of sexual fantasy in Edo-period Japan, investigating the tensions in class and gender experienced by those who made -- and made use of -- shunga.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781861894328
Publisher:
Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date:
09/15/2009
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
376
Sales rank:
1,190,818
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction7
1Erotic Images, Pornography, Shunga and Their Use13
2Time and Place in Edo Erotic Images39
3Bodies, Boundaries, Pictures88
4Symbols in Shunga129
5The Scopic Regimes of Shunga193
6Sex and the Outside World237
References289
Bibliography305
List of Illustrations313

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