Sat Jun 7 15:51:53 EDT 2008
This is a topic of interest to me too (Yanagita Kunio was a pretty
frequent taidan participant). I will be checking out the resources
that Michael and Asako sent in, also. Thanks!
I have a sort of general observation or question about taidan, which
is its status as text (of course related to the sokki issue).
Yanagita and/or the editors of the older Teihon Yanagita Kunio, for
example, did not include any of his taidan, because they were
supposedly imperfect as written texts, and were not authored by
Yanagita alone. You have to find them elsewhere (the editors of the
new zenshu have tried to include them all). However, the number of
famous Yanagita texts that are highly edited versions of speeches and
taidan-like events is quite significant.
Michael's suggestion of a premodern origin for the genre is also
interesting. I have, incidentally, also come across the use of
"mondo" in Yanagita's 1930s journal _Minzoku_, where it's sort of a
"answers to reader's questions" column that Yanagita actually uses to
air his own opinions on issues. So not as interactive as the title
Thanks again for the ideas.
Melek Ortabasi, Ph.D.
Department of Comparative Literature
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