Water sprites, mountain goblins, shape-shifting animals, and the monsters known 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 now, 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.About the Author:
Michael Dylan Foster is Assistant Professor of Folklore and East Asian Cultures at Indiana University.
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Descripción University of California Press. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. 0520253612 This book is shelved in the Japanese History section of our retail store and may require extra shipping time - Crisp clean unread hardcover with light shelfwear and missing dust jacket - Nice!. Nº de ref. de la librería Z0520253612Z2