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Watanabe, Kenji 1944-

Overview
Works: 34 works in 68 publications in 2 languages and 1,320 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Comics (Graphic works)  Humor  Fiction  Poetry  Literature  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Documentary films  Nonfiction films 
Roles: Editor, Author, Interviewee
Classifications: PL726.35, 895.608003
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Kenji Watanabe
An Edo anthology : literature from Japan's mega-city, 1750-1850 by Shinji Nobuhiro( )

8 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 975 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the eighteenth century, Edo (today's Tokyo) became the world's largest city, quickly surpassing London and Paris. Its rapidly expanding population and flourishing economy encouraged the development of a thriving popular culture. Innovative and ambitious young authors and artists soon began to look beyond the established categories of poetry, drama, and prose, banding together to invent completely new literary forms that focused on the fun and charm of Edo. Their writings were sometimes witty, wild, and bawdy, and other times sensitive, wise, and polished. Now some of these high spirited works, celebrating the rapid changes, extraordinary events, and scandalous news of the day, have been collected in an accessible volume highlighting the city life of Edo. Edo's urban consumers demanded visual presentations and performances in all genres. Novelties such as books with text and art on the same page were highly sought after, as were kabuki plays and the polychrome prints that often shared the same themes, characters, and even jokes. Popular interest in sex and entertainment focused attention on the theatre district and "pleasure quarters," which became the chief backdrops for the literature and arts of the period. Gesaku, or "playful writing," invented in the mid-eighteenth century, satirized the government and samurai behavior while parodying the classics. These entertaining new styles bred genres that appealed to the masses. Among the bestsellers were lengthy serialized heroic epics, revenge dramas, ghost and monster stories, romantic melodramas, and comedies that featured common folk. An Edo Anthology offers distinctive and engaging examples of this broad range of genres and media. It includes both well-known masterpieces and unusual examples from the city's counterculture, some popular with intellectuals, others with wider appeal. Some of the translations presented here are the first available in English and many are based on first editions. In bringing together these important and expertly translated Edo texts in a single volume, this collection will be warmly welcomed by students and interested readers of Japanese literature and popular culture
Kana-zōshishū by Morikuni Watanabe( Book )

5 editions published between 1991 and 1996 in Japanese and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Genji monogatari to Edo bunka : kashikasareru gazoku( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in Japanese and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kinsei daimyō bungeiken kenkyū by Kenji Watanabe( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in Japanese and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Edo yūri seisuiki by Kenji Watanabe( Book )

2 editions published in 1994 in Japanese and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Edo no nonfikushon by Yoshio Shiraishi( Book )

2 editions published in 1993 in Japanese and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Edo yūri no kioku : kugai zan'ei kō by Kenji Watanabe( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in Japanese and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Edo bunka to sabukaruchā( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in Japanese and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kankyō to iu shiza : Nihon bungaku to ekokuritishizumu( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in Japanese and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bungaku ni egakareta, Nihon no "shoku" no sugata : kodai kara Edo jidai made by Kazuaki Komine( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in Japanese and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wahon : the documentary wahon( Visual )

2 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in Japanese and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction to wahon (old Japanese books) and their market. The film features the merchants as well as scholars, including Aramata Hiroshi, Nakano Kōichi, Watanabe Kenji
Edo jidai zusetsu hyakka Kinmō zui no sekai( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in Japanese and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Edo yūjo kibun : baita to wa yobasenai by Kenji Watanabe( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in Japanese and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Edo Sanbyakunen Yoshiwara no shikitari( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in Japanese and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Toki ni umi o miyo : korekara no nihon o ikiru kimi ni okuru by Kenji Watanabe( Book )

4 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in Japanese and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Umi o kanjinasai : tsugi no sedai o ikiru kimitachi e by Kenji Watanabe( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in Japanese and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Yoshiwara yūjo no subete : edo no mukashi yokubō no fuyajō ni ikita onnatachi( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in Japanese and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gion no shikitari : Otona no kyōyō o tanoshimu( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in Japanese and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

En o musubu nippon no jishamairi( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in Japanese and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Edo yūri no kioku : kugai zan'eikō( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in Japanese and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Alternative Names
Kenji Watanabe

Kenji, Watanabe, 1944-

Watanabe, Kenji

Watanabe, Kenji 1944-

Watanabe, Kenzi

Ватанабэ, Кэндзи

كينجي واتانابي

도변헌사 1944-

와타나베 켄지 1944-

ワタナベ, ケンジ

ワタナベ, ケンジ 1944-

渡辺, 憲司

渡辺, 憲司, 1944-....

渡辺憲司 1944-

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