PDF Pandemonium and Parade Japanese Monsters and the Culture of Yokai Å Michael Dylan Foster
Heavy going at times Pandemonium and Parade is an interesting blend of intellectual history and folklore scholarship Foster uses major periods of Japanese history to frame his discussion demonstrating how authors of different ras approached the yokai supernatural creatures that Foster maintains are uniuely Japanese in character The study focuses on a limited set of yokai writers spanning three centuries The neo Confucian Edo period for Love for Imperfect Things example is represented by the bestiaries of Toriyama Sekien whose collections of supernatural creatures parallel thencyclopedic zeitgeist of the time Examining the A Heart of Stone early Meiji period and its mania for Western style rationalization Foster focuses on the work of Inoue Enryo wh I m very in the middle about this book it wasn t fantastic but it also wasn t bad It s an academic read so it can be uite dry in parts Overall I thought the information was presented uite nicely and it kept my interestnough to finish the book ven though it took me uite a while I was a little disappointed as I thought it would be about specific monsters in Japanese folklore Instead it focused on the mysterious in Japan I was also very disappointed that the author used Freud uite heavily in his analysis The pace seemed to pick up a little once the author got closer to the contemporary All in all ok but I don t think I ll be reading this author any time soon. Ntury 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 nati.
I was xtremely glad to see that a book like this had finally been written This book looks at the history of youkai in Japanese pop culture Though it does reuire some knowledge of Japanese history it does a very good job of ducating the reader about the function of at least one aspect of the supernatural in Japanese culture A wealth of information for those interested in the history of y kai Unfortunately this often reads like a PhD xpanded into a book with rambley tangents that while often interesting in themselves aren t that fun to read as a whole Foster s at his best when the focus is clear like in his in depth critiue of the Kuchi sake onna slit mouthed woman phenomena of the 70s Like his subjects of analysis the Japanese people he categorises monsters and spirits into a comprehensible cultural history and almost manages to move beyond this project into a less past oriented terrain in the latter chapters As it is this is an interesting Divertimento examination of folklore metamorphosing through the ages A good books for academics who want to study about Yokai When Michael Dylan Foster gets tenure I hope he revisits this subjectwithout the really awful academic writing This book was very long and dense since I was very unfamiliar with the subject matter I took notes and freuently retread sections but Injoyed it very much I now have a list of creatures to research bo. Water sprites mountain goblins shape shifting animals and the monsters known as yôkai have long haunted the Japanese cultural landscape This history of the strange and mysterious in Japan seeks out these creatures in folklore ncyclopedias literature art science games manga magazines and movie.
Oks to find translations of and movies to watch so I could understand the subject matter than just cursorily This book was an amazing introduction into the Japanese world of supernatural beings and their history Though Japanese things have been a part of the American landscape for decades its culture and specially its traditional culture has been largely misrepresented reaching us through distorted filters such as samurai films anime and manga and horribly inaccurate novels such as James Clavell s Shogun There have however been a few Promise at Dawn encouraging trends aimed at dispelling these cultural myths one of them being the increasing number of books being published in the English language about Japan sxtremely rich storehouse of folklore and folkways One of the most bizarre and fascinating aspects of this traditional folklore is y kai the horde of traditional monsters and ghosts that haunt tales and legends woodblock prints and old picture scrolls These y kai are the s I understand Pokemon and other products of Japanese cultural heritage yada yada a whole lot better now An academic yet accessible study on the folklore history and anthropology of yokai Segues nicely into the modern influences of yokai and pop culture If you want a detailed and well researched treatment of yokai then this is it An xcellent work however those with of a passing interest may find it a bit. S xploring their meanings in the Japanese cultural imagination and offering an abundance of valuable and until now understudied material Michael Dylan Foster tracks yôkai over three centuries from their appearance in seventeenth century natural histories to their starring role in twentieth ce.