The Journal of Japanese Studies



Saikaku and the Narrative Turnabout

This essay contextualizes Ihara Saikaku’s comedy within broader elements of Tokugawa society and critical concepts in literary studies.  The complexity of Saikaku’s work is examined by employing and altering Mikhail Bakhtin’s concept of the “carnivalesque” and rhetorical tropes from Japanese and Western literary traditions.  Saikaku’s comedy engages elite and lowly as well as social and literary hierarchies in its constant inversions and play.

Volume 27, Number 2 (Summer 2001)
© 2001 Society for Japanese Studies


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