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Title: YOKAI IN KUSAZOSHI: CARICATURES AND CLASSES
Authors: FONG CHUN WAI
Keywords: Yokai, Kusazoshi, caricatures, anthropomorphism, satire
Issue Date: 27-Jan-2016
Citation: FONG CHUN WAI (2016-01-27). YOKAI IN KUSAZOSHI: CARICATURES AND CLASSES. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Kusazoshi (literally translated as grass paper) are written texts supplemented with illustrations which entertained the commoners in the Edo period. Also targeted at lower-ranking samurai and merchants living in Edo, kusazoshi often featured humorous stories with exaggerated caricatures and crude jokes. The caricatures in kusazoshi often appear in the form of anthropomorphized yokai. Yokai, which were previously considered horrific entities, were transformed into caricatures in kusazoshi. It is this representation of yokai as humorous characters that I analyze in specific texts by applying a range of literary theories. Anthropomorphized yokai are often used in satirical texts to make fun of Edo-period classes. I argue the changing roles of yokai in Edo literature depicts a gradual shift in attitudes of the merchant-class writers toward the various classes as they sought to subvert authority and the established hierarchy through the use of literature by writing satirical stories featuring yokai.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/124223
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