Puppets of Nostalgia

Puppets of Nostalgia

Far from being a modern phenomenon, nostalgic discourse is part and parcel of the formation of tradition throughout history, even in the case of ritual puppetry. Finding a past and making it coherent is at one level a most fundamental ...

Author: Jane Marie Law

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400872954

Category: Social Science

Page: 338

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Puppets of Nostalgia is the first major work in any Western language to examine the ritual origins and religious dimensions of puppetry in Japan. In a lucid and engaging style accessible to the general reader, Jane Marie Law describes the "life, death, and rebirth" of awaji ningyo shibai, the unique form of puppet theater of Awaji Island that has existed since the sixteenth century. Puppetry rites on Awaji helped to maintain rigid ritual purity codes and to keep dangerous spiritual forces properly channeled and appeased. Law conducted fieldwork on Awaji, located in Japan's Inland Sea, over a ten-year period. In addition to being a detailed history and ethnography of this ritual tradition, Law's work is, at a theoretical level, a study of the process and meaning of tradition formation, reformation, invention, and revitalization. It will interest scholars in a number of fields, including the history of religions, anthropology, cultural studies, ritual and theater studies, Japanese studies, and social history. Focusing on the puppetry tradition of Awaji Island, Puppets of Nostalgia describes the activities of the island's ritual puppeteers and includes the first English translation of their performance texts and detailed descriptions of their rites. Because the author has lived on Awaji during extended periods of research, the work includes fine attention to local detail and nuanced readings of religious currents in Japan that affect popular religious expression. Illustrated throughout with rare photographs, the book provides an in-depth view of a four-hundred-year-old tradition never so thoroughly revealed to Western readers. Originally published in 1997. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
Categories: Social Science

Fertility And Pleasure

Fertility And Pleasure

For a critique of metanarratives in the study of Japanese religion, see Jane Marie Law, Puppets of Nostalgia: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of the Japanese Awaji Ningyö Tradition (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1997), ...

Author: William R. Lindsey

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 9780824830366

Category: Social Science

Page: 234

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'Fertility and Pleasure' reveals that although the values that idealised the role of wife and courtesan were highly disparate, the rituals, symbols, and popular practices both engaged in exhibited a degree of similitude and parallelism.
Categories: Social Science

The Culture of Copying in Japan

The Culture of Copying in Japan

For an overview ofritual puppetry in Japan, with a detailed discussion of the puppetry performances and rituals specific to the island of Awaji (and the rites discussed in this chapter), see Jane Marie Law (1997) Puppets of Nostalgia.

Author: Rupert Cox

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134397365

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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This book challenges the perception of Japan as a ‘copying culture’ through a series of detailed ethnographic and historical case studies. It addresses a question about why the West has had such a fascination for the adeptness with which the Japanese apparently assimilate all things foreign and at the same time such a fear of their skill at artificially remaking and automating the world around them. Countering the idea of a Japan that deviously or ingenuously copies others, it elucidates the history of creative exchanges with the outside world and the particular myths, philosophies and concepts which are emblematic of the origins and originality of copying in Japan. The volume demonstrates the diversity and creativity of copying in the Japanese context through the translation of a series of otherwise loosely related ideas and concepts into objects, images, texts and practices of reproduction, which include: shamanic theatre, puppetry, tea utensils, Kyoto town houses, architectural models, genres of painting, calligraphy, and poetry, ‘sample’ food displays, and the fashion and car industries.
Categories: Social Science

Religions of Japan in Practice

Religions of Japan in Practice

puppetry and a fine example of Awaji puppetry. ... Translations of Kugutsu ki, Ebisu-mai, and Dökumbo denki can be found in Jane Marie Law, Puppets of Nostalgia: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of the Japanese Awaji Ningyö Tradition ...

Author: George J. Tanabe Jr.

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691214740

Category: Religion

Page: 584

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This anthology reflects a range of Japanese religions in their complex, sometimes conflicting, diversity. In the tradition of the Princeton Readings in Religions series, the collection presents documents (legends and miracle tales, hagiographies, ritual prayers and ceremonies, sermons, reform treatises, doctrinal tracts, historical and ethnographic writings), most of which have been translated for the first time here, that serve to illuminate the mosaic of Japanese religions in practice. George Tanabe provides a lucid introduction to the "patterned confusion" of Japan's religious practices. He has ordered the anthology's forty-five readings under the categories of "Ethical Practices," "Ritual Practices," and "Institutional Practices," moving beyond the traditional classifications of chronology, religious traditions (Shinto, Confucianism, Buddhism, etc.), and sects, and illuminating the actual orientation of people who engage in religious practices. Within the anthology's three broad categories, subdivisions address the topics of social values, clerical and lay precepts, gods, spirits, rituals of realization, faith, court and emperor, sectarian founders, wizards, and heroes, orthopraxis and orthodoxy, and special places. Dating from the eighth through the twentieth centuries, the documents are revealed to be open to various and evolving interpretations, their meanings dependent not only on how they are placed in context but also on how individual researchers read them. Each text is preceded by an introductory explanation of the text's essence, written by its translator. Instructors and students will find these explications useful starting points for their encounters with the varied worlds of practice within which the texts interact with readers and changing contexts. Religions of Japan in Practice is a compendium of relationships between great minds and ordinary people, abstruse theories and mundane acts, natural and supernatural powers, altruism and self-interest, disappointment and hope, quiescence and war. It is an indispensable sourcebook for scholars, students, and general readers seeking engagement with the fertile "ordered disorder" of religious practice in Japan.
Categories: Religion

Puppetry A Reader in Theatre Practice

Puppetry  A Reader in Theatre Practice

American professor Jane Marie Law, whose book Puppets of Nostalgia is 'the first major work in any Western language to examine the ritual origins and religious dimensions of puppetry in Japan' explains: The word 'Karakuri' means a ...

Author: Penny Francis

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780230356832

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

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In this sophisticated and compelling introduction to puppet theatre, Penny Francis offers engaging contemporary perspectives on this universal art-form. She provides an account of puppetry's different facets, from its demands and techniques, through its uses and abuses, to its history and philosophy. Now recognized as a valuable and powerful medium used in the making of most forms of theatre and filmed work, those referring to Puppetry will discover something of the roots, dramaturgy, literature and techniques of this visual art form. The book gathers together material from an international selection of sources, bringing puppet theatre to life for the student, practitioner and amateur alike.
Categories: Performing Arts

Imagination Without Borders

Imagination Without Borders

As Jane Marie Law explains in her fascinating study , Puppets of Nostalgia , these large Awaji dolls are religiously powerful “ puppets of the road ” rather than the more famous Bunraku stage puppets . It is also thought that puppeteers ...

Author: Laura Elizabeth Hein

Publisher: U of M Center for Japanese Studies

ISBN: 9781929280636

Category: Art

Page: 164

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Categories: Art

The Routledge Companion to Puppetry and Material Performance

The Routledge Companion to Puppetry and Material Performance

Figure 15.2 Members of the Awaji Puppet Theatre in Fukura, Japan, perform the Ebisu-mai (a deity play) at its ... Notes 1 I discuss these cases in more detail in my book Puppets of Nostalgia: The Life, Death and Rebirth of the Japanese ...

Author: Dassia N. Posner

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317911722

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 352

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The Routledge Companion to Puppetry and Material Performance offers a wide-ranging perspective on how scholars and artists are currently re-evaluating the theoretical, historical, and theatrical significance of performance that embraces the agency of inanimate objects. This book proposes a collaborative, responsive model for broader artistic engagement in and with the material world. Its 28 chapters aim to advance the study of the puppet not only as a theatrical object but also as a vibrant artistic and scholarly discipline. This Companion looks at puppetry and material performance from six perspectives: theoretical approaches to the puppet, perspectives from practitioners, revisiting history, negotiating tradition, material performances in contemporary theatre, and hybrid forms. Its wide range of topics, which span 15 countries over five continents, encompasses: • visual dramaturgy • theatrical juxtapositions of robots and humans • contemporary transformations of Indonesian wayang kulit • Japanese ritual body substitutes • recent European productions featuring toys, clay, and food. The book features newly commissioned essays by leading scholars such as Matthew Isaac Cohen, Kathy Foley, Jane Marie Law, Eleanor Margolies, Cody Poulton, and Jane Taylor. It also celebrates the vital link between puppetry as a discipline and as a creative practice with chapters by active practitioners, including Handspring Puppet Company’s Basil Jones, Redmoon’s Jim Lasko, and Bread and Puppet’s Peter Schumann. Fully illustrated with more than 60 images, this volume comprises the most expansive English-language collection of international puppetry scholarship to date.
Categories: Performing Arts

Women and Puppetry

Women and Puppetry

In Puppets of Nostalgia: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of the Japanese Awaji Ningyō Tradition, Jane Marie Law outlines the long, rich history of ritual puppeteers in the region of Awaji Island, and we can see how ...

Author: Alissa Mello

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351848794

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 222

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Women and Puppetry is the first publication dedicated to the study of women in the field of puppetry arts. It includes critical articles and personal accounts that interrogate specific historical moments, cultural contexts, and notions of "woman" on and off stage. Part I, "Critical Perspective," includes historical and contemporary analyses of women’s roles in society, gender anxiety revealed through the unmarked puppet body, and sexual expression within oppressive social contexts. Part II, "Local Contexts: Challenges and Transformations," investigates work of female practitioners within specific cultural contexts to illuminate how women are intervening in traditionally male spaces. Each chapter in Part II offers brief accounts of specific social histories, barriers, and gender biases that women have faced, and the opportunities afforded female creative leaders to appropriate, revive, and transform performance traditions. And in Part III, "Women Practitioners Speak," contemporary artists reflect on their experiences as female practitioners within the art of puppet theatre. Representing female writers and practitioners from across the globe, Women and Puppetry offers students and scholars a comprehensive interrogation of the challenges and opportunities that women face in this unique art form.
Categories: Performing Arts

Street Performers and Society in Urban Japan 1600 1900

Street Performers and Society in Urban Japan  1600 1900

For a discussion of early kairai-shi (kugutsu) see Law, Puppets of Nostalgia, pp. 94–110, C.J. Dunn, The Early Japanese Puppet Drama, pp. 21–24, 64–65. A medieval performance is also described in Konjaku monogatari (see Konjaku ...

Author: Gerald Groemer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317409908

Category: Social Science

Page: 416

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This book presents a thoroughly researched and meticulously documented study of the emergence, development, and demise of music, theatre, recitation, and dance witnessed by the populace on thoroughfares, plazas, and makeshift outdoor performance spaces in Edo/Tokyo. For some three hundred years this city was the centre of such arts, both sacred and secular. This study outlines the nature of the performances, explores the social relations which lay behind them, and reveals vast complexity: an obligation of gift-giving on the part of observers; performers who were often economic migrants fallen on hard times; relations of performance to social class; a class system much more finely gradated than the official four caste system; and institutions of professional organization and registration, enforced by government, with penalties for unregistered performers. The book discusses how performing, witnessing, and rewarding performance were closely bound up with economy, society and government, how the interaction between various groups related to socio-economic advancement, how the system of street performance reinforced social control, and how the balance between different groups shifted over time.
Categories: Social Science

Revelry Rivalry and Longing for the Goddesses of Bengal

Revelry  Rivalry  and Longing for the Goddesses of Bengal

Jean Starobinski, “The Idea of Nostalgia,” Diogenes 54 (1966): 81–103. 81. Rubenstein, Home Matters, pp. 4 and 87. 82. Jane Marie Law, Puppets of Nostalgia: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of the Japanese Awaji Nongyö Tradition (Princeton: ...

Author: Rachel Fell McDermott

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231527873

Category: Religion

Page: 416

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Annually during the months of autumn, Bengal hosts three interlinked festivals to honor its most important goddesses: Durga, Kali, and Jagaddhatri. While each of these deities possesses a distinct iconography, myth, and character, they are all martial. Durga, Kali, and Jagaddhatri often demand blood sacrifice as part of their worship and offer material and spiritual benefits to their votaries. Richly represented in straw, clay, paint, and decoration, they are similarly displayed in elaborately festooned temples, thronged by thousands of admirers. The first book to recount the history of these festivals and their revelry, rivalry, and nostalgic power, this volume marks an unprecedented achievement in the mapping of a major public event. Rachel Fell McDermott describes the festivals' origins and growth under British rule. She identifies their iconographic conventions and carnivalesque qualities and their relationship to the fierce, Tantric sides of ritual practice. McDermott confronts controversies over the tradition of blood sacrifice and the status-seekers who compete for symbolic capital. Expanding her narrative, she takes readers beyond Bengal's borders to trace the transformation of the goddesses and their festivals across the world. McDermott's work underscores the role of holidays in cultural memory, specifically the Bengali evocation of an ideal, culturally rich past. Under the thrall of the goddess, the social, political, economic, and religious identity of Bengalis takes shape.
Categories: Religion