Sex and the Floating World: Erotic Images in Japan 1700-1820 (Paperback)
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Sex and the Floating World: Erotic Images in Japan 1700-1820 (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 01/02/2009
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Newly revised and expanded, this second edition of Timon Screech's definitive "Sex and the Floating World" offers a real assessment of the genre of Japanese paintings and prints today known as shunga. Changes in Japanese law in the 1990s enabled erotic images to be published without fear of prosecution, and many shunga picture-books have since appeared. There has, however, been very little attempt to situate the imagery within the contexts of sexuality, gender or power. Questions of aesthetics, and of whether shunga deserve a place in the official history of Japanese art, have dominated, and the question of the use of these images has been avoided. Timon Screech seeks to re-establish shunga in a proper historical frame of culture and creativity. Shunga prints are not like any other form of picture for the simple fact that they are overtly about sex. And once we begin to examine them first and foremost as sexual apparatus, then we must be prepared for some surprises. The author opens up for us the strange world of sexual fantasy in the Edo culture of eighteenth-century Japan, and investigates the tensions in class and gender of those that made and made use of shunga.

Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 9781861894328
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 907 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 25 mm
Edition: 2nd Revised edition

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