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The Floating World in Japanese Fiction
     

The Floating World in Japanese Fiction

by Howard Hibbett
 

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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

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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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Hibbitt (Harvard U.) describes the fiction built around floating worlds that was popular among the prosperous, creative, and illegitimate shopkeepers and entertainers at the bottom of the Japanese feudal order during the 17th and 18th centuries. The first edition was published in 1959 by Oxford University Press. Cited in Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804811545
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Publication date:
12/15/1989
Series:
Tut Books ; L
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
4.32(w) x 7.17(h) x 0.61(d)

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