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Museum of the Weird: <i>Modernity, Minzokugaku, and the Discovery of Yōkai</i>

Michael Dylan Foster

in Pandemonium and Parade

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780520253612
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942677 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520253612.003.0004
Museum of the Weird: Modernity, Minzokugaku, and the Discovery of Yōkai

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This chapter explains how writers and scholars in the first half of the twentieth century challenged Enryō's rationalizing objectives and dealt with questions of what place yôkai were to have in a modernizing Japan. It considers the museum as a central metaphor, since yôkai came to be defined as relics from the past to be cherished and displayed in the present.

Keywords: yôkai; modern Japan; museum; past relics; rationalizing objectives

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Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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