Sex and the Floating World: Erotic Images in Japan, 1700-1820 / Edition 1

Sex and the Floating World: Erotic Images in Japan, 1700-1820 / Edition 1

by Timon Screech
ISBN-10:
0824822048
ISBN-13:
9780824822040
Pub. Date:
04/01/1999
Publisher:
University of Hawaii Press, The

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Sex and the Floating World: Erotic Images in Japan, 1700-1820 / Edition 1

Sex and the Floating World offers an entirely new assessment of the genre of Japanese paintings and prints today known as shunga. Recent changes in Japanese law have at last enabled erotic images to be published without fear of prosecution, and many art books have since appeared in Japan. There has, however, been very little attempt to situate the imagery within the contexts of sexuality, gender, or power. Questions of aesthetics, and of whether shunga deserves a place in the official history of Japanese art, have dominated, and the question of the use of the images has been avoided. Timon Screech seeks to reestablish shunga in its proper historical contexts of culture and creativity.

Shunga prints are unlike any other form of picture for the simple fact that they are overtly about sex. The author opens up for us the strange world of sexual fantasy in the Edo culture of eighteenth century Japan, and explores the tensions in class and gender of those that made, and made use of, shunga.

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ISBN-13: 9780824822040
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
Publication date: 04/01/1999
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.17(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.85(d)

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