Death and Desire in Contemporary Japan

Death and Desire in Contemporary Japan

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chevron_rightLanguages and Cultures of the Middle and Far East

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en, it

ISBN (print)
978-88-6969-150-8

ISBN (ebook)
978-88-6969-151-5

ISSN
chevron_right 2610-8976

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chevron_right 2610-9395

Date of publication
31 May 2017

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Ca’ Foscari Japanese Studies | 6

Death and Desire in Contemporary Japan
Representing, Practicing, Performing

edited by
Andrea De Antoni
Ritsumeikan University, Japan
deantoni@fc.ritsumei.ac.jp;

Massimo Raveri
ORCID 0000-0002-5396-6971 
Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia
raveri@unive.it

DOI 10.14277/978-88-6969-151-5

Abstract
The title of this volume refers to the Buddhist concepts of suffering, impermanence and dependent origination, which link the ideas of Death and Desire. This book stems from a research conducted in the last few years at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, supported by the Japan Foundation. A great deal of work has been done by scholars in various disciplines about dying in Japan, but research has tended to focus on the practices through which death is settled and institutionalised. Yet, what about untamed and unsettled death? What about the cases in which death cannot be successfully coped with by ritual means? What happens if institutions and discourses are not enough to tame it? What about the cases in which unsettled death suddenly intrudes the social? What are the forms it takes and the consequences it has in the social? These are the questions that the volume addresses, by enmeshing representations, practices and performing arts, through contributions that rely on approaches from different disciplines. Each of them analyses one of the multiple and fragmented possibilities in which untamed death can tame the social.

Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License 

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Death and Desire in Contemporary Japan

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Book

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en, it

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The title of this volume refers to the Buddhist concepts of suffering, impermanence and dependent origination, which link the ideas of Death and Desire. This book stems from a research conducted in the last few years at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, supported by the Japan Foundation. A great deal of work has been done by scholars in various disciplines about dying in Japan, but research has tended to focus on the practices through which death is settled and institutionalised. Yet, what about untamed and unsettled death? What about the cases in which death cannot be successfully coped with by ritual means? What happens if institutions and discourses are not enough to tame it? What about the cases in which unsettled death suddenly intrudes the social? What are the forms it takes and the consequences it has in the social? These are the questions that the volume addresses, by enmeshing representations, practices and performing arts, through contributions that rely on approaches from different disciplines. Each of them analyses one of the multiple and fragmented possibilities in which untamed death can tame the social.

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Ca’ Foscari Japanese Studies

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Edizioni Ca’ Foscari - Digital Publishing

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2017-05-31

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http://doi.org/10.14277/978-88-6969-151-5

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2610-8976

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2610-9395

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978-88-6969-150-8

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978-88-6969-151-5

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Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution alone

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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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