The Women of the Pleasure Quarter: Japanese Paintings and Prints of the Floating World

Swinton, Elizabeth de Sabato

Published by Hudson Hills Press, 1995
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195 pp. Color illustrations throughout. A catalog of a 1996 exhibition of paintings and prints depicting women from pleasure quarters and entertainment districts of Japan, providing a detailed history of courtesans and geisha in Japanese society, and their significance to Japanese culture. This includes a study of art related to the women, examining their depictions and context. VERY GOOD condition. Minor fading, mostly to the spine of the jacket and book extremities. Some scuffing. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: Fascinating study of geisha, courtesans, kabuki performers as portrayed by masters of Japanese art from 1600 to 1868.

From Publishers Weekly: This exotic catalogue of a touring exhibition opening at the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts features more than 200 reproductions, mostly in color, of paintings and woodblock prints depicting courtesans and geisha of Japan's licensed prostitution districts during the Edo period (1600-1868). Swinton, the museum's curator of Asian art, in her introductory essay explores the ideal of the "floating world" associated with the women of the pleasure quarters-a metaphor of freedom and of living for the moment, exalted in novels, guidebooks and prints. Anthropologist Liza Dalby looks at the isolated lives of high-class prostitutes who found a route out of poverty. Kazue Edamatsu Campbell, a Japanese-language specialist at Boston University, decodes the artificial style of speech used by courtesans. Mark Oshima, an expert on Kabuki theater, explains how the pleasure quarter-a veritable pressure cooker of desire, greed, love and pride-provided grist for Kabuki plays, and he focuses on male actors (onnagata) who specialized in female roles, projecting a soft, cultured ideal of femininity.
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Title: The Women of the Pleasure Quarter: Japanese ...
Publisher: Hudson Hills Press
Publication Date: 1995
Binding: Cloth
Book Condition: Very Good
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