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The Resource The aesthetics of strangeness : eccentricity and madness in early modern Japan, W. Puck Brecher

The aesthetics of strangeness : eccentricity and madness in early modern Japan, W. Puck Brecher

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The aesthetics of strangeness : eccentricity and madness in early modern Japan
Title
The aesthetics of strangeness
Title remainder
eccentricity and madness in early modern Japan
Statement of responsibility
W. Puck Brecher
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Language
eng
Summary
"Eccentric artists are "the vagaries of humanity" that inhabit the deviant underside of Japanese society: This was the conclusion drawn by pre-World War II commentators on most early modern Japanese artists. Postwar scholarship, as it searched for evidence of Japan's modern roots, concluded the opposite: The eccentric, mad, and strange are moral exemplars, paragons of virtue, and shining hallmarks of modern consciousness. In recent years, the pendulum has swung again, this time in favor of viewing these oddballs as failures and dropouts without lasting cultural significance. This work corrects the disciplinary (and exclusionary) nature of such interpretations by reconsidering the sudden and dramatic emergence of aesthetic eccentricity during the Edo period (1600-1868). It explains how, throughout the period, eccentricity (ki) and madness (kyo) developed and proliferated as subcultural aesthetics. By excavating several generations of early modern Japan's eccentric artists, it demonstrates that individualism and strangeness carried considerable moral and cultural value. Indeed, Edo society fetishized various marginal personae--the recluse, the loser, the depraved, the outsider, the saint, the mad genius--as local heroes and paragons of moral virtue. This book concludes that a confluence of intellectual, aesthetic, and social conditions enabled multiple concurrent heterodoxies to crystallize around strangeness as a prominent cultural force in Japanese society. A study of impressive historical and disciplinary breadth, The Aesthetics of Strangeness also makes extensive use of primary sources, many previously overlooked in existing English scholarship. Its coverage of the entire Edo period and engagement with both Chinese and native Japanese traditions reinterprets Edo-period tastes and perceptions of normalcy. By wedding art history to intellectual history, literature, aesthetics, and cultural practice, W. Puck Brecher strives for a broadly interdisciplinary perspective on this topic. Readers will discover that the individuals that form the backbone of his study lend credence to a new interpretation of Edo-period culture: a growing valuation of eccentricity within artistic and intellectual circles that exerted indelible impacts on mainstream society. The Aesthetics of Strangeness demystifies this emergent paradigm by illuminating the conditions and tensions under which certain rubrics of strangeness-- ki and kyo particularly--were appointed as aesthetic criteria. Its revision of early modern Japanese culture constitutes an important contribution to the field"--Publisher's description
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Brecher, W. Puck
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
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illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
In English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Art, Japanese
  • Eccentrics and eccentricities
  • Aesthetics, Japanese
  • ART
  • HISTORY
  • Aesthetics, Japanese
  • Art, Japanese
  • Eccentrics and eccentricities
  • Japan
  • Exzentrizität
  • Edo-Zeit
  • Kultur
  • Japan
Label
The aesthetics of strangeness : eccentricity and madness in early modern Japan, W. Puck Brecher
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-254) and index
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online resource
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  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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mixed
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Strange interpretations -- Contexts of strangeness in seventeenth-century Japan -- Strange tastes: cultural eccentricity and its vanguard -- Strange thoughts: a confluence of intellectual heterodoxies -- Eccentrics of recent times and social value: biography reinvents the eccentric -- Strangeness in the early nineteenth century: commercialism, conservatism, and diffusion -- Reevaluating strangeness in late Tokugawa
Control code
ocn859744828
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (267 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824839123
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.21313/9780824839123
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt62rgs7
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)859744828
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
The aesthetics of strangeness : eccentricity and madness in early modern Japan, W. Puck Brecher
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-254) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Strange interpretations -- Contexts of strangeness in seventeenth-century Japan -- Strange tastes: cultural eccentricity and its vanguard -- Strange thoughts: a confluence of intellectual heterodoxies -- Eccentrics of recent times and social value: biography reinvents the eccentric -- Strangeness in the early nineteenth century: commercialism, conservatism, and diffusion -- Reevaluating strangeness in late Tokugawa
Control code
ocn859744828
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (267 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824839123
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.21313/9780824839123
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt62rgs7
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)859744828
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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