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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:21 pm    Post subject: Japanese Monsters and the Culture of Yokai Reply with quote
This is from the PMJS list:

The University of California Press is pleased to announce the publication
of:

* Pandemonium and Parade: Japanese Monsters and the Culture of Yokai*

http://go.ucpress.edu/Foster

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, encyclopedias, literature, art, science, games, manga, magazines,
and movies, exploring 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-century popular media. Focusing on the intertwining of belief
and commodification, fear and pleasure, horror and humor, he illuminates
different conceptions of the "weird" and the "mysterious" and sheds light on
broader social and historical paradigms—and ultimately on the construction
of Japan as a nation.

Michael Dylan Foster is Assistant Professor of Folklore and East Asian
Cultures at Indiana University.

Full information about the book is available online:
http://go.ucpress.edu/Foster

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I've seen and almost purchased this book several times on Amazon. I thought it had already been published?...

Anybody read it yet?
Any good?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
This isnt really up to research standards or anything, but i found this site both comical and informative:

http://www.obakemono.com/#
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
These have already been posted in other threads before, but since we've already gone in that direction, here are more:

http://ebikani.org/youkai/book/book.htm
(great sculpture photos!)

http://www10.ocn.ne.jp/~hiko/youkai.htm

... my third link no longer works...
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