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Julie Nelson Davis

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824839383

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824839383.001.0001

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Making Dogma into Comedy

Making Dogma into Comedy

A Writer and an Illustrator Send Up Religion in a Popular Book

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(p.143) Chapter 4 Making Dogma into Comedy
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Julie Nelson Davis

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824839383.003.0004

This chapter reconsiders the Quick-dye Mind Study: Greatest sales guaranteed of 1790, written by Santo Kyoden and illustrated by Kitao Masayoshi, as a collaboration between word and image. This little book, in the kibyoshi format, made a satire out of the contemporary popular sect Shingaku’s central tenet that individual retained a moral center. The chapter argues for an integrated practice of reading text and image that is aligned with the book’s purpose and suggests that the book functioned, in a moment of social reforms, as a site of resistance to those official reforms. The book became a bestseller, was spun off in sheet prints and kabuki plays. But it also encouraged carnivalesque partying on a scale that resulted in official action to shut down the subject. This chapter brings forward hitherto overlooked evidence that demonstrates the scale and scope of the trouble caused by making religion into the object of satire.

Keywords:   Santo Kyoden, Kitao Masayoshi, Shingaku, satire, comedy, kibyoshi, censorship, book publishing, book sales, printing, collaboration

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