Carmen Blacker
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Carmen Blacker
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Scholar of Japanese Religion, Myth and Folklore: Writings and Reflections
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€ 89,00
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9781898823568
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Hardback
Number of pages
478
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English
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18 x 35.4 x 3.5 cm
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Asian Studies
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Foreword by Mami Mizutori, SISJAC
Preface by Hugh Cortazzi
Introduction: Carmen Blacker – Friend, Scholar and Wife by Michael Loewe
List of Contributors
List of Plates
Map of Japan
Japan’s Prefectures
PART I: CARMEN BLACKER AS SEEN BY HER FRIENDS
1. Carmen Elizabeth Blacker, 1924 –2009: A Biographical Memoir by James McMullen
2. Biographical Portrait by Peter Kornicki
3. Memories of Carmen Blacker by Yokoyama Toshio
4. Words from Hugh Cortazzi at Carmen Blacker’s Memorial Meeting
PART II: SELECTED EXTRACTS FROM CARMEN BLACKER’S DIARIES AND OTHER AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL WRITINGS
• Carmen Blacker’s ‘Introduction’ to her Collected Writings
• Introducing Carmen Blacker’s Diaries by Hugh Cortazzi
Plate section
• Extracts from the Diaries
PART III: SELECTED BIOGRAPHICAL PORTRAITS BY CARMEN BLACKER
5. Three Great Japanologists: Chamberlain, Aston and Satow
6. Marie Stopes
7. Arthur Wale
8. Minakata Kumagusu
9. Yoshio Markino
10. Christmas Humphreys
11. Cambridge Women
PART IV: SELECTED Academic Writings
12. The Shinza or God-seat in the Daijsai: Throne Bed, or Incubation Couch?
13. Divination and Oracles in Japan
14. The Goddess Emerges from her Cave: Fujita Himiko and her Dragon Palace Family
15. ‘The Exiled Warrior and the Hidden Village’: A Possible Solution to the Enigma of the Heike-densetsu.
16. Extracts from Legends of Heike Villages: The Fugitive Warrior as Ancestor
17. The Language of Birds
18. The Angry Ghost in Japan
PART V: SELECTED CARMEN BLACKER LECTURES
19. Remembering Carmen Blacker
(Donald Keene)
20. A Glimpse of the Modestly Literate Picnic Lovers of Old Japan
(Toshio Yokoyama)
21. Tsushima: Japan Viewed from the Margins – Archives, Books, Ginseng
(Peter Kornicki)
22. Amaterasu’s Progress: The Ise Shrines and the Public Sphere of Post-war Japan
(John Breen)
23. Unofficial and Commoner Worship of Confucius in Tokugawa Japan James McMullen
PART VI: A CELEBRATORY ESSAY
24. The Search for the Numinous in Wordsworth and Coleridge: Some Hints from The Catalpa Bow
(Hisaaki Yamanouchi)
APPENDIX: Carmen’s Literary Gift. Compiled by Paul Norbury
Bibliography
Index

Hugh Cortazzi (ed.)

Carmen Blacker

Scholar of Japanese Religion, Myth and Folklore: Writings and Reflections

Carmen Blacker was an outstanding scholar of Japanese culture, known internationally for her writings on religion, myth and folklore – her most notable work being The Catalpa Bow: A Study of Shamanistic Practices in Japan. Importantly, a third of the volume comprises significant extracts from the author’s diaries covering a period of more than forty years, together with a plate section drawn from her extensive photographic archive, thus providing a rare opportunity to gain a personal insight into the author’s life and work. The volume includes a wide selection of writings from distinguished scholars such as Donald Keene and her former pupil Peter Kornicki in celebration of her work and legacy, together with various essays and papers by Carmen Blacker herself that have hitherto not been widely available. In addition to her scholarship, Carmen Blacker was also highly regarded for her work in promoting Japanese Studies at Cambridge and played a vital role in helping to re-establish The Japan Society, London, post-war.
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Hugh Cortazzi

Sir Hugh Cortazzi, GCMG, was British Ambassador to Japan 1980-1984 and Chairman of The Japan Society, London, 1985-1995. He has written extensively on Japan. His many books include Isles of Gold: Antique Maps of Japan (1983), The Japanese Achievement (1990) and his memoir Japan and Back and Places Elsewhere (1998). He compiled and edited seven volumes of Britain & Japan: Biographical Portraits, most recently volume X (2016).