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The Politics of Dialogic Imagination: Power and Popular Culture in Early Modern Japan

Katsuya Hirano


The government of early modern Japan (1603-1868), the Tokugawa shogunate, consistently demonstrated a keen interest in regulating the outwardly inconsequential urban popular culture of Edo (present-day Tokyo)— fashion, leisure, street entertainments, woodblock prints, novella, and theater— as part of the effort to preserve its power and authority. This work probes how and why popular cultural practices occupied such a central place in governmental policies and shows how literary, visual, and theatrical practices of representation defied the official images of desirable subjects, which were des ... More

Keywords: Cultural Politics, Overdetermination, Contradiction, Subject-formation, Body, Symbolic Negation, Art, Literature, History, Early Modern Japan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226060422
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226060736.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katsuya Hirano, author