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Erotic Grotesque Nonsense: The Mass Culture of Japanese Modern Times

Miriam Silverberg


This history of Japanese mass culture during the decades preceding Pearl Harbor argues that the new gestures, relationship, and humor of ero-guro-nansensu (erotic grotesque nonsense) expressed a self-consciously modern ethos that challenged state ideology and expansionism. This book uses sources such as movie magazines, ethnographies of the homeless, and the most famous photographs from this era to capture the spirit, textures, and language of a time when the media reached all classes, connecting the rural social order to urban mores. Employing the concept of montage as a metaphor that informe ... More

Keywords: Japanese mass culture, ero-guro-nansensu, erotic grotesque nonsense, state ideology, expansionism, photographs, Japanese colonialism, Japan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780520222731
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520222731.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Miriam Silverberg, author