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Japanese Counterculture: The Antiestablishment Art of Terayama Shuji
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.
Paperback, 264 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Univ Of Minnesota Press
(first published January 1st 2011)
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This isn't without things I disagree with (who can avoid disagreeing over a figure as enigmatic as Terayama?), but overall is a lovely treatment of a number of his most preeminent obsessions and interests. The first chapter studying his tanka will stick out more than all the others here to me, but the study of Pastoral: To Die in the Country was also incredibly fascinating and, intentionally or not, almost seems to argue that it is Terayama's magnum opus above everything else. I would not argue.