Selling Songs and Smiles: The Sex Trade in Heian and Kamakura Japan
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224pp. January 2007
Selling Songs and Smiles: The Sex Trade in Heian and Kamakura Japan
Author: Goodwin, Janet R.;
Selling Songs and Smiles explores female sexual entertainment ("songs and smiles") during Japan’s Heian and Kamakura periods, examining the gradual construction of a transgressive identity ("prostitute") for women engaged in the sex trade. Over som
"[This] is a work of weight; it is concise, focused, meticulously researched, and written with nuance and aplomb." —Monumenta Nipponica (62:3, 2007)

"Goodwin offers an erudite account that acknowledges all prior scholarly work on the subject. . .

Author: Goodwin, Janet R.;
Janet R. Goodwin was a founding faculty member of the University of Aizu, Aizu-Wakamatsu, Japan, and has taught at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California. She is an editor of the H-Japan online discussi
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Acknowledgments

Periods of Japanese History

Note on Primary Sources

Introduction

1. Delightful Sirens and Delighted Patrons

2. Defining Transgression

3. Sacred Sex or Sexual Pollution? Asobi, Shamans, and Bodhisattvas

4. Constructing th




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