Yanagita Kunio and the Folklore Movement

Yanagita Kunio and the Folklore Movement : The Search for Japan's National Character and Distinctiveness

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Yanagita Kunio almost singlehandedly initiated the serious study of folklore in Japan. Even modern Japanese folklorists who may disagree with his approach or his methods must take his body of work as a point of departure for their own. This book, first published in 1990, puts Yanagita's career within a historical framework and context, full of detail about Japanese political and literary trends which influenced or were influenced by the folklore scholarship of Yanagita.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 238 pages
  • 162 x 241 x 19mm | 471.99g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138844276
  • 9781138844278

Table of contents

1. The Formative Years 2. Policy and Agrarian Society 3. Yanagita Folklore: Structure and Influence 4. The Sources for Yanagita's 'New National Learning' 5. The Folklorist's Craft 6. The Folklorist as Hero Appendix 1. The Matsuoka Household 2. Stone Tablet at Takeuchi Shrine 3. Yanagita's Marginalia in George Laurence Gomme's Folklore as an Historical Science 4. Major Folklore Related Journals 5. Folklore Survey Checkpoints
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