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The speaker for the February meeting of the Kyoto Asian Studies Group is Scott Johnson, who will present on the artist Tsukioka Settei (1710–1786) and his erotic parodies of models of proper education and deportment for women. One such book is “Onna Dairaku takara-beki” (see abstract below).
The lecture will be held on Monday, February 23rd from 6:30-8:30 in Room 212 of the Fusokan on the Doshisha University Campus (see link below for access information).
***Please note the time change from 6:00 to 6:30.
Tsukioka Settei (1710–1786) was a much-honored Osaka artist, trained in the Kano tradition, but known for his versatility. He was also noted in his own lifetime for his painted and printed erotic works. Among his erotic books, he created a publishing trend in the Kamigata area for parodying books offering models of proper education and deportment for women. The first, and most important, in this genre, was “Onna Dairaku takara-beki,” a pointed visual and textual parody of “Onna Daigaku takara-bako” and its Confucian stress on women’s subservience. Settei’s book was published around 1755, reviving shunga publication since the official banning of such publications in 1722. It was not suppressed, the reasons for which will be explored in this presentation. I will also examine the role of lending libraries, the readership of shunga parodies, the tricks of publishers of shunga parodies, the importance of Osaka as the home of shunga parody publishing, and most importantly, the book’s alternative (anti-Confucian?) stress on the place of women: play at home to save the nation. Settei’s art, including shunga parodies, was the main subject of the January 2015 issue of Geijutsu Shincho, as well as an important aspect of the ground-breaking British Museum show entitled “Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art” (2013-14). I will draw heavily upon the careful study and partial translations of “Onna Dairaku” by Andrew Gerstle (SOAS), and will show images from the two books. There will be time to physically compare examples of both books.
Scott Johnson is scholar residing in Kyoto
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