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Pleasure in Profit: Popular Prose in Seventeenth-Century Japan

by Laura Moretti Columbia University Press
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Pbk 440 pages
AU$92.00 NZ$94.78
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In the first comprehensive study of the birth of Japanese commercial publishing, Laura Moretti investigates the vibrant world of vernacular popular literature. She marshals new data on the magnitude of the seventeenth-century publishing business and highlights the diversity and porosity of its publishing genres.
In this exemplary study, Laura Moretti challenges the conventional wisdom in her choice of texts (outside the literary canon), in her treatment of genres (as 'porous'), and in her approach (comparative). Her book should appeal to students of comparative literature as well as to specialists on Japan.