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Japanese Counterculture : The Antiestablishment Art of Terayama Shuji - Steven C. Ridgely

Japanese Counterculture

The Antiestablishment Art of Terayama Shuji

Paperback Published: 4th January 2011
ISBN: 9780816667536
Number Of Pages: 222

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Terayama Shuji (1935-1983) was an avant-garde Japanese poet, dramatist, film director, and photographer known for his highly provocative work. In this inventive and revealing work, Steven Ridgely examines Terayama's life and art to show that a conventional notion of him does not do full justice to the meaning and importance of his wide-ranging, often playful body of work.
Ridgely places Terayama at the center of Japanese and global counterculture and finds in his work a larger story about the history of postwar Japanese art and culture. He sees Terayama as reflecting the most significant events of his day: young poets seizing control of haiku and tanka in the 1950s, radio drama experimenting with form and content after the cultural shift to television around 1960, young assistant directors given free rein in the New Wave as cinema combated television, underground theatre in the politicized late 1960s, and experimental short film through the 1970s after both the studio system and art house cinema had collapsed.
Featuring close readings of Terayama's art, Ridgely demonstrates how across his oeuvre there are patterns that sidestep existing power structures, never offering direct opposition but nevertheless making the opposition plain. And, he claims, there is always in Terayama's work a broad call for seeking out or creating pockets of fiction-where we are made aware that things are not what they seem-and to use otherness in those spaces to take a clearer view of reality.

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"Steven C. Ridgely's Japanese Counterculture is invaluable--a long overdue study of Terayama's complex oeuvre, carefully researched and brilliantly argued. But Japanese Counterculture offers much more: it proposes to redefine the practice of cultural and countercultural studies, and even more significantly, the very nature of global culture. Therein lie its force, ingenuity, and radicality." --Akira Mizuta Lippit, University of Southern California

Introduction. Global Counterculture, Visual Counterculturep. vii
Poetic Kleptomania and Pseudo-Lyricismp. 1
Radio Drama in the Age of Televisionp. 35
Boxing-Stuttering-Graffitip. 69
Deinstitutionalizing Theater and Filmp. 99
The Impossibility of Historyp. 139
Conclusion. "Japanese" Counterculturep. 175
Acknowledgmentsp. 183
Notesp. 187
Indexp. 215
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ISBN: 9780816667536
ISBN-10: 0816667535
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 222
Published: 4th January 2011
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.34 x 13.72  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.3