Pandemonium and Parade: Japanese Monsters and the Culture of Yokai by Michael Dylan Foster (Paperback, 2008)
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- DescriptionWater sprites, mountain goblins, shape-shifting animals, and the monsters kwn as yokai have long haunted the Japanese cultural landscape. This history of the strange and mysterious in Japan seeks out these creatures in folklore, encyclopedias, literature, art, science, games, manga, magazines, and movies, exploring their meanings in the Japanese cultural imagination and offering an abundance of valuable and, until w, understudied material. Michael Dylan Foster tracks yokai over three centuries, from their appearance in seventeenth-century natural histories to their starring role in twentieth-century popular media. Focusing on the intertwining of belief and commodification, fear and pleasure, horror and humor, he illuminates different conceptions of the natural and the ordinary and sheds light on broader social and historical paradigms - and ultimately on the construction of Japan as a nation.
- Author BiographyMichael Dylan Foster is Assistant Professor of Folklore and East Asian Cultures at Indiana University.
- Author(s)Michael Dylan Foster
- PublisherUniversity of California Press
- Date of Publication03/11/2008
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Place of PublicationBerkerley
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of California Press
- Content Note19 b/w drawings, 1 b/w photo
- Weight454 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine22 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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