The Women of the Pleasure Quarter: Japanese Paintings and Prints of the Floating World

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Fascinating study of geisha, courtesans, kabuki performers as portrayed by masters of Japanese art from 1600 to 1868.

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Fascinating study of geisha, courtesans, kabuki performers as portrayed by masters of Japanese art from 1600 to 1868.

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Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
This exotic catalogue of a touring exhibition opening at the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts features more than 200 reproductions, mostly in color, of paintings and woodblock prints depicting courtesans and geisha of Japan's licensed prostitution districts during the Edo period (1600-1868). Swinton, the museum's curator of Asian art, in her introductory essay explores the ideal of the 'floating world' associated with the women of the pleasure quarters-a metaphor of freedom and of living for the moment, exalted in novels, guidebooks and prints. Anthropologist Liza Dalby looks at the isolated lives of high-class prostitutes who found a route out of poverty. Kazue Edamatsu Campbell, a Japanese-language specialist at Boston University, decodes the artificial style of speech used by courtesans. Mark Oshima, an expert on Kabuki theater, explains how the pleasure quarter-a veritable pressure cooker of desire, greed, love and pride-provided grist for Kabuki plays, and he focuses on male actors (onnagata) who specialized in female roles, projecting a soft, cultured ideal of femininity.
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This exotic catalogue of a touring exhibition opening at the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts features more than 200 reproductions, mostly in color, of paintings and woodblock prints depicting courtesans and geisha of Japan's licensed prostitution districts during the Edo period (1600-1868). Swinton, the museum's curator of Asian art, in her introductory essay explores the ideal of the "floating world" associated with the women of the pleasure quarters-a metaphor of freedom and of living for the moment, exalted in novels, guidebooks and prints. Anthropologist Liza Dalby looks at the isolated lives of high-class prostitutes who found a route out of poverty. Kazue Edamatsu Campbell, a Japanese-language specialist at Boston University, decodes the artificial style of speech used by courtesans. Mark Oshima, an expert on Kabuki theater, explains how the pleasure quarter-a veritable pressure cooker of desire, greed, love and pride-provided grist for Kabuki plays, and he focuses on male actors (onnagata) who specialized in female roles, projecting a soft, cultured ideal of femininity. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555951153
  • Publisher: Hudson Hills Press
  • Publication date: 2/21/1996
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 12.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Lenders to the Exhibition 6
Acknowledgments 7
Contributors 8
Foreword 9
Notes to the Reader 10
Reflections on the Floating World 13
Courtesan and Geisha: The Real Women of the Pleasure Quarter 47
The Language of the Pleasure Quarter 67
The Keisei as a Meeting Point of Different Worlds: Courtesan and the Kabuki Onnagata 87
The Artistic Vision 107
Appendix: A Portrait of a New Woman - in a Cage 135
Illustrated Checklist of the Exhibition 139
Glossary 189
Selected Bibliography 191
Index 193
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