Download Discourses of the Vanishing: Modernity, Phantasm, Japan by Marilyn Ivy PDF

By Marilyn Ivy

Publish yr note: initially released in 1995

Japan at the present time is haunted by means of the ghosts its incredible modernity has generated. Deep anxieties concerning the capability lack of nationwide id and continuity disturb many in Japan, regardless of frequent insistence that it has remained culturally intact. during this provocative conjoining of ethnography, heritage, and cultural feedback, Marilyn Ivy discloses those anxieties—and the makes an attempt to comprise them—as she tracks what she calls the vanishing: marginalized occasions, websites, and cultural practices suspended at moments of coming near near disappearance.

Ivy exhibits how a fascination with cultural margins followed the emergence of Japan as a contemporary geographical region. This fascination culminated within the early twentieth-century institution of jap folklore experiences and its makes an attempt to list the spectral, occasionally violent, narratives of these margins. She then lines the obsession with the vanishing via a variety of modern reconfigurations: efforts through distant groups to advertise themselves as nostalgic websites of authenticity, storytelling practices as symptoms of premodern presence, mass shuttle campaigns, recallings of the lifeless via blind mediums, and itinerant, kabuki-inspired populist theater.

Show description

Read or Download Discourses of the Vanishing: Modernity, Phantasm, Japan PDF

Similar japan books

Shadows in the Forest: Japan and the Politics of Timber in Southeast Asia (Politics, Science, and the Environment)

Scanned and OCRed book

1998 Winner of the overseas reviews Association's Harold and Margaret Sprout AwardPeter Dauvergne built the concept that of a "shadow ecology" to evaluate the whole environmental effect of 1 nation on source administration in a foreign country or region. features of a shadow ecology contain executive reduction and loans; company practices, funding, and know-how transfers; and exchange components similar to intake, export and buyer costs, and import price lists. In Shadows within the woodland, Dauvergne examines Japan's impact on advertisement bushes administration in Indonesia, East Malaysia, and the Philippines. Japan's shadow ecology has influenced unsustainable logging, which in flip has brought on frequent deforestation. even though eastern practices have stronger a bit of because the early Nineties, company alternate constructions and buying styles, bushes costs, wasteful intake, import price lists, and the cumulative environmental results of previous practices proceed to undermine sustainable wooded area administration in Southeast Asia. This publication is the 1st to research the environmental impression of eastern exchange, enterprises, and relief on bushes administration within the context of Southeast Asian political economies. it's also one of many first complete stories of why Southeast Asian states are not able to implement wooded area rules and laws. specifically, it highlights hyperlinks among kingdom officers and enterprise leaders that decrease country cash, distort regulations, and shield unlawful and unsustainable loggers. extra widely, the booklet is likely one of the first to envision the environmental effect of Northeast Asian improvement on Southeast Asian source administration and to research the oblique environmental influence of bilateral country family at the administration of 1 Southern resource.

Bizarre Sinema: Japanese Ero Gro Pinku Eiga (1956-1979)

Many due to meatisgood & trichotil for placing This ebook Together

Eroticism in jap style cinema of the Golden Age, from “Ero Gro” to “Pinku Eiga”, to the “Roman Porno”. The ugly, the surreal, the macabre, the sadism, the masochism, the lesbianism within the video clips produced via the likes of Shintoho, Daiei, Nikkatsu, Toei and Okura, within the movies via Koji Wakamatsu (Violated Angels, The Embryo), Teruo Ishii (Joys of Torture), Yusuke Watanabe (Female, evening Ladies), Yasuzo Masumura (Cross of ardour, A Fool’s Love), Seijun Suzuki (Gate of Flesh, Branded to Kill), Ko Nakahira (Hunter’s Diary), Toshiaki Kunihara (Secret publication of a girls Prison), Nobuo Nakagawa (Vampire Woman), Keigo Kimura (Diary of a silly outdated Man). ..
The heroines of those films are play-ed by way of such intercourse symbols as Mako Midori, Naomi Tani, Ikuko Moori and Ayako Wakao, which are consistently tied up and tortured.
This quantity contains a wealthy iconographic demonstrate of infrequent images and unique posters, unpublished writings via the everlasting Queen of S&M Naomi Tani, and cult administrators like Teruo Ishii and Seijun Suzuki, finishing up with a particular bibliography and filmography.

Things Japanese: Everyday Objects of Exceptional Beauty and Significance

Fantastically crafted samurai swords; exquisitely carved netsuke toggles; based wood tansu chests; intricate tea rite implements; fabulously dear silk-and-gold embroidered kimonos. All of those hugely recognizable jap gadgets are imbued with a feeling of background and artistry, in addition to a different eastern aesthetic experience that simply reaches throughout cultural obstacles.

The Conquest of Ainu Lands: Ecology and Culture in Japanese Expansion,1590-1800

This version monograph is the 1st scholarly research to place the Ainu-the local humans residing in Ezo, the northernmost island of the japanese archipelago-at the heart of an exploration of eastern growth throughout the 17th and eighteenth centuries, the peak of the Tokugawa shogunal period. encouraged by way of "new Western" historians of the USA, Walker positions Ezo no longer as Japan's northern "frontier" yet as a borderland or center flooring.

Additional info for Discourses of the Vanishing: Modernity, Phantasm, Japan

Example text

The freedom of women to travel secures the eroticization of the trip—and Japan—with a doubled sense of discovery. The task remained, then, to sell tabi to young women by determining what would appeal to their specific psychology. Fujioka depicts women as kusemono, "rouges" or "rascals," by which he means they do not know their own intentions: women do not know their own minds and are easily manipulated. The early market surveys conducted by the team reinforced this analysis. In these surveys, questioners asked groups of young women where they would like to travel in Japan.

Because of this history, it is problematic to assume that an embedded cultural relationality can be used in any direct way to critique a presumed nonrelational, logocentric western singular self. As I am arguing here, any such sheer opposition between "Japan" and the "West" is in danger of ignoring the deep historical imbrication of those two discursive unities, and of ignoring as well the cross-cutting individualizing modalities of capitalist modernity that have already made it quite impossible to insist on purely relational or situational selves in contemporary Japan (the obverse, that American selves are not rela­ tional—even if the ideology of American selfhood is all that is considered—is equally impossible).

The difference between these two national discourses reflects changing valences in popular perceptions of national-cultural identity over a span of almost twenty years. Seem­ ingly assimilable to one variety of the modernist/postmodernist di­ vide, this distinction has replayed itself in a range of affiliated contexts. The fantasy of Japan as an archive of exotic commodity forms finds parallels in marketing texts that speak of retro "neo-nostalgia" and the ascendance of the "neo-Japonesque" as a commodifiable style; paral­ lels also cross the domains of academic theory, where the momentary emergence of "new Japanology" recapitulated the rise of the "neo" in other spheres.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.61 of 5 – based on 23 votes