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Narrative in Visual Representations of the Early Modern Period in Japan (Europäische Hochschulschrift">

Image, Text and Audience: The "Taishokan Narrative in Visual Representations of the Early Modern Period in Japan (Europäische Hochschulschrift

ISBN: 9783631399385
Publisher: Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
Edition: annotated edition
Publication Date: 2004-05-04
Number of pages: 380
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Image, Text and Audience is the first book dealing with paintings related to Taishokan, the most popular ballad-drama of the 16th century. Key narrative elements in the story include the transmission of a magic jewel from China to Japan and the succession of the Fujiwara family. The narrative provided motifs for historical accounts, Buddhist proselytising texts, a nô play, puppet theatre plays, and satirical novels of the 18th century. This lavishly illustrated book is of interest to scholars of various disciplines including art history, literature, and religious studies. It offers the first annotated translation of the 1632 printed edition of the Taishokan and analyses painted versions on screens, scrolls, fans and manuscripts based on critical concepts and methodologies. The importance of the painting medium in shaping the visual content of each work is a pivotal aspect discussed in the book, along with questions of patronage, reception and gender.

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