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YOSHIWARA: The Glittering World of the Japanese Courtesan

Seigle, Cecilia Segawa

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ISBN 10: 0824814886 / ISBN 13: 9780824814885
Edité par Univ. Hawaii Press, Honolulu, 1993
Etat : Fine Couverture rigide
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Bookplate. Fine/Near Fine. Dust Jacket is in as new condition, apart from normal shop shelf wear - contains no tears or chips or other damage. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Japan; ISBN: 0824814886. ISBN/EAN: 9780824814885. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 5892. N° de réf. du libraire 5892

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Titre : YOSHIWARA: The Glittering World of the ...

Éditeur : Univ. Hawaii Press, Honolulu

Date d'édition : 1993

Reliure : Hardcover (Original Cloth)

Etat du livre :Fine

Etat de la jaquette : Near Fine

Edition : 1st edition.

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Drawing on both historical and literary sources, examines life in the pleasure houses of Japan during the Edo period from the early 1600s to 1868. Among the topics are the origins, illegal competitors, the cost of a visit, the treatment of the courtesans, traditions and protocols, Yoshiwara arts, th

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Yoshiwara is the first attempt in nearly a century to give a comprehensive and detailed account of Edo-period Japan's legendary pleasure quarter. The book begins with a brief history of prostitution in Japan and follows with a survey of the Yoshiwara from its origins in the early 1600s to shortly after the Meiji Restoration in 1868. Yoshiwara society possessed for most of its history considerable glamour and surface allure, yet, at the same time, it accommodated attitudes and activities that today could only be regarded as exploitative and inhumane. Cecilia Segawa Seigle looks impartially at all aspects of Yoshiwara life, offering much information - the result of painstaking research in primary sources - that will be a revelation to readers in the West. While discussing in depth the highly specialized and idiosyncratic world of licensed prostitution, Seigle also makes the reader aware of the broader impact of this insular entertainment quarter on the manners and mores of other segments of Japanese society, both then and now. Arranged chronologically, Yoshiwara is not so much a history as a companion to studies of Edo-period literature, theatre, and the visual arts. It provides an overview of the social, cultural, and economic influences on and of this microcosm of early-modern urban Japan. An especially engaging feature of this readable text is the liberal use of anecdotes from contemporary sources. Specialists will find particularly interesting the carefully researched and clearly written exposition of the quarter's complex hierarchy and elaborate code of behavior. While always maintaining the distinction between fact and fabrication, this fascinating study seeks to delineate thetruths that lie behind the legends.

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