Fertility and Pleasure
Ritual and Sexual Values in Tokugawa JapanBook - 2007
From the publisher's description: "What William Lindsey reveals in this well-researched study is that, although the values that idealized 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. Fertility and Pleasure examines the rituals available to young women in the household and pleasure quarters that could be employed to affirm, transcend, or resist these sets of sexual values. In doing so it affords new views of Tokugawa society and Japanese religion. Highly original in its theoretical approach and its juxtaposition of texts, Fertility and Pleasure constitutes an important addition to the fields of Japanese religion and history and the study of gender and sexuality in other societies and cultures."
Publisher: Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press, c2007
Characteristics: x, 234 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Ritual and sexual values in Tokugawa Japan