Imaging/Reading Eros

Imaging/Reading Eros

Edited by Sumie Jones. Publication date: May 31, 1996

Published by the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University, Bloomington

Proceedings of the conference, Sexuality and Edo Culture, 1750-1850, held at Indiana University on August 17-20, 1995. More than 130 illustrations.


Sexuality in Edo culture has long been a taboo subject in literary histories and critical studies in spite of the fact that, as with other major cities, Edo urban culture materialized in narratives grounded in sexual fantasies. In Imaging/Reading Eros, scholars from many disciplines explore the connection between the awareness of the body and the self-consciousness of the city’s culture in an effort to find a place for sexuality in teaching and research on Japan, while establishing a place for Edo popular culture in the canons of world art and literature.

Included in the volume are essays on the following topics and responses to panel presentations:

Positioning Shunga Historically
  • Matthias Forrer, National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden
  • Henry Smith, Columbia University
  • George Wilson, Indiana University
Otherness Within and Without
  • Susan Burns, University of Texas at Austin
  • Choi Park-Kwang, Sungkyunkwan University
  • Miyata Noboru, Kanagawa University
  • Michael Robinson, Indiana University
Configurations of Gender
  • Gary Leupp, Tufts University
  • Ueno Chizuko, University of Tokyo
  • Ujie Mikito, The National Archives, Tokyo
  • Norman Bryson, Harvard University
Desire for Narrative in Stories and Pictures
  • Nobuhiro Shinji, University of Tokyo
  • Charles Inouye, Tufts University
  • Eiji Sekine, Purdue University
  • Takahashi Toru, University of Nagoya
Eros and Consumerism
  • Andrew Markus, University of Washington
  • David Pollack, University of Rochester
  • Tanaka Yuko, Hosei University
  • Harold Bolitho, Harvard University
The Place of Love
  • Sumie Jones, Indiana University
  • Robert Campbell, National Institute of Japanese Literature, Tokyo
  • Haga Toru, International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto
  • Andrew Gerstle, University of London
The Rhythm and Play of Flesh and Words
  • Hayakawa Monta, International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto
  • John Solt, Amherst College
  • Paul G. Schalow, Rutgers University
Keynote Address
  • Howard Hibbett, Harvard University