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Sex and the Floating World: Erotic Images in Japan 1700-1820, Second Edition
Newly revised and expanded, this second edition of Timon Screech's definitive "Sex and the Floating World" offers a real assessment of the genre of Japanese paintings and prints today known as shunga. Changes in Japanese law in the 1990s enabled erotic images to be published without fear of prosecution, and many shunga picture-books have since appeared. There has, however, ...more
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published June 16th 2011 by Reaktion Books
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This book was incredibly informative not only about shunga but also generally about life in Japan during this period of history. It's also the most hilarious academic text I've ever read. The author's dry wit is delightful. The experience of looking at pictures after reading his analysis is also fascinating, equally as wonderful as reading really high-quality literary analysis.