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Shunga : sex and pleasure in Japanese art

Author: 石上阿希, 矢野明子, ; ; Timothy ClarkC Andrew GerstleAki IshigamiAkiko YanoAll authors
Publisher: London : The British Museum Press, 2013. ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This catalogue aims to answer some key questions about what is shunga and why it was produced. In particular the social and cultural contexts for sex art in Japan are explored. Erotic Japanese art was heavily suppressed in Japan from the 1870s onwards as part of a process of cultural 'modernisation' that imported many contemporary western moral values. Only in the last twenty years or so has it been possible to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Ausstellung
Exhibition catalogs
Ausstellungskatalog
Exhibition catalogues
Exhibitions
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: 石上阿希, 矢野明子, ; ; Timothy Clark; C Andrew Gerstle; Aki Ishigami; Akiko Yano; British Museum.
ISBN: 9780714124766 0714124761 9789004263260 9004263268
OCLC Number: 851825678
Notes: "Published to accompany the exhibition Shunga: sex and pleasure in Japanese art at the British Museum from 3 October 2013 to 5 January 2014."
"The authors have identified their right to be identified as the authors of this work."
Description: 536 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: The Cultural Historical Significance and Importance of Japanese Shunga / Kobayashi Tadashi --
Introduction --
What Was Shunga? / C. Andrew Gerstle --
Who Were the Audiences for Shunga? / Hayakawa Monta --
Cats 1 --
9 --
1. Early Shunga before 1765 --
Shunga Paintings before the `Floating World' / Akiko Yano --
Cats 10 --
19 --
Chinese Chunhua and Japanese Shunga / Ishigami Aki --
Cats 20 --
22 --
Shunga and the Rise of Print Culture / Asano Shugo --
Cats 23 --
37 --
2. Masterpieces of Shunga 1765 --
1850 --
The Essence of Ukiyo-e Shunga / Kobayashi Tadashi --
Erotic Books as Luxury Goods / Ellis Tinios --
Listening to the Voices in Shunga / Hayakawa Monta --
Cats 38 --
61 --
The Tale of Genji in Shunga / Sato Satoru --
Cats 62 --
67 --
3. Censorship --
Timeline of Censorship --
Shunga and Censorship in the Edo Period (1600-1868) / Jennifer Preston --
Graph of approximate output of shunga print series and books --
Cats 68 --
78 --
The Censorship of Shunga in the Modern Era / Ishigami Aki --
Shunga Studies in the Showa Era (1926 --
89) / Shirakura Yoshihiko --
4. Contexts for Shunga --
Traditional Uses of Shunga / Yamamoto Yukari --
The Distribution and Circulation of Erotic Prints and Books in the Edo Period Laura Moretti --
Cats 79 --
86 --
Shunga and Parody / C. Andrew Gerstle --
Cats 87 --
109 --
Popular Cults of Sex Organs in Japan / Suzuki Kenko --
Cats 110 --
112 --
Grotesque Shunga / Ishigami Aki --
Violence in Shunga / Higuchi Kazutaka --
Cats 113 --
116 --
Foreign Connections in Shunga / Timon Screech --
Cats 117 --
121 --
Children in Shunga / Akiko Yano --
Shunga and the Floating World / Matsuba Ryoko --
Cats 122 --
147 --
5. Shunga in the Meiji Era --
Erotic Art of the Meiji Era (1868-1912) / Rosina Buckland --
Cats 148 --
157 --
The Modern West's Discovery of Shunga / Ricard Bru --
Cats 158 --
165.
Responsibility: edited by Timothy Clark, C. Andrew Gerstle, Aki Ishigami, Akiko Yano.

Abstract:

This catalogue aims to answer some key questions about what is shunga and why it was produced. In particular the social and cultural contexts for sex art in Japan are explored. Erotic Japanese art was heavily suppressed in Japan from the 1870s onwards as part of a process of cultural 'modernisation' that imported many contemporary western moral values. Only in the last twenty years or so has it been possible to publish unexpurgated examples in Japan and this landmark book places erotic Japanese art in its historical and cultural context for the first time. This book looks at painted and printed erotic images produced in Japan during the Edo period (1600-1868) and early Meiji era (1868-1912). These are related to the wider contexts of literature, theatre, the culture of the pleasure quarters, and urban consumerism; and interpreted in terms of their sensuality, reverence, humour and parody. 0Exhibition: The British Museum, London, UK (03.10.2013-05.01.2014).

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