Good Dogs: Edification, Entertainment & Kyokutei Bakin's Nansō Satomi hakkenden
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Good Dogs: Edification, Entertainment & Kyokutei Bakin's Nansō Satomi hakkenden
Author: Walley, Glynne;
Good Dogs explores the intersection of didacticism, Chinese vernacular scholarship, social criticism, and commercial storytelling in late Tokugawa Japan through an examination of Kyokutei Bakin’s mid-nineteenth century masterpiece of popular fiction Hakkenden, or Eight Dogs. The author argues that in Bakin’s hands, popular fiction functioned to mobilize and hybridize high culture and low, official and heterodox ideologies, and the demands of both the moralist and the marketplace. Good Dogs combines close readings of Hakkenden with a consideration of the novel’s place in 19th-century Japan (including its Meiji reception), as well as its place in East Asian vernacular fiction.

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Cornell East Asia Series
Distributed for Cornell University East Asia Program
Author: Walley, Glynne;
Glynne Walley is Assistant Professor of Japanese Literature at the University of Oregon. His research interests involve popular literature and how it negotiates the requirements of industry and genre, the demands of mass audience, and the aspirational pull of "serious" literature.



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