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The focus of Richard Rubinger’s study of Japanese literacy is the least-studied (yet overwhelming majority) of the premodern population: the rural farming class. In this book-length historical exploration of the topic, the first in any language, Rubinger dispels the misconception that there are few materials available for the study of popular literacy in Japan. He analyzes a rich variety of untapped sources from the sixteenth century onward, drawing for the first time on material that allows him to measure literacy: signatures on apostasy oaths, diaries, agricultural manuals, home encyclopedias, rural poetry-contest entries, village election ballots, literacy surveys, and family account books.
The book begins by tracing the origins of popular literacy up to the Tokugawa period and goes on to discuss the pivotal roles of village headmen during the early sixteenth century, a group extraordinarily skilled in administrative literacy using the Sino-Japanese hybrid language favored by their warrior overlords. In time literacy began to spread beyond the leadership class to household heads, particularly those in towns and farming communities involved in commerce, and eventually to women, employees, and servants. Rubinger identifies substantial and enduring differences in the ability to read and write between commoners in the cities and those in the country until the eighteenth century, when the vigorous popular culture of Kyoto, Osaka, and Edo (Tokyo) attracted village leaders and caused them to extend their capabilities. Later chapters focus on the nineteenth-century expansion of literacy to wider constituencies of farmers and townspeople. Using direct measures of literacy attainment such as village surveys, election ballots, diaries, and letters, Rubinger demonstrates the spread of basic reading and writing skills into virually every corner of Japanese society. The book ends by examining data on illiteracy generated from conscription examinations given by the Japanese army during the Meiji period, bringing the discussion into the twentieth century. Rubinger’s analysis of this information suggests that geographical factors and local traditions of learning and culture may have been more important than school attendance in explaining why illiteracy continued to persist in some areas.
About the Author: Richard Rubinger is professor of Japanese at Indiana University.
Title: Popular Literacy in Early Modern Japan
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Book Description University of Hawaii Press, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Lightly crimped corner, otherwise text clean and solid; 9 X 6.20 X 1.10 inches; 238 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 175218
Book Description Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, c2007. Hardcover. Dustjacket.xii, 238 pp. 24 cm.Includes bibliographical references (p. -227) and index. Contents : Literacy in early Tokugawa villages -- Signatures, ciphers, and seals -- Country culture and the rise of provincial literati in the eighteenth century -- The nineteenth-century expansion of popular literacy -- Direct measures of popular literacy in the nineteenth century. Condition : as new copy. ISBN 0824830261[KEYWORDS: CULTURAL STUDIES, ILLITERACY, Japan. Bookseller Inventory # 221675
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