遊女小藤の鼻歌(<特集>近世の遊女) [in Japanese] The Image of Kofuji, a Prostitute(<Special Issue>Prostitutes in the Edo Period) [in Japanese]
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In 1656 there was published a pamphlet on the demimonde entitled "Masarigusa." It introduced and commented on some attractive prostitutes, and among them was a girl called Kofuji who was described as "witty, nonchalant, lazy, daring, naughty, indifferent," and so on. From those discourses emerges the popular image of a prostitute. Also referring to the descriptions of the more famous prostitutes found in Ihara-Saikaku's work, this essay will examine how the demimonde was represented and recognized in the early Edo Period.
- Japanese Literature
Japanese Literature 49(10), 8-16, 2000
Japanese Literature Association