2016 年 103 巻 p. 29-40
In this paper, I use a study of Momijizuka, a work of popular fiction in the chūhon format by the author Tamenaga-Shunsui, to examine the reprinting and reuse of old works by publishers in the last decades of the Edo Period. Momijizuka exists in two editions: an initial edition, published in 1827 in the small chūhon format, and a later edition, printed in the larger hanshibon format from newly carved woodblocks and published under the title of Takao-gaiden. Observing that Takao-gaiden was produced independently by its publisher without input from Shunsui, I ask why this work in particular was selected for reprinting. I then examine Shunsui’s use of influences from earlier works in composing Momijizuka. Based on these influences, I argue that the publisher recognized that this work would still be appealing to readers amid the publishing trends of the 1840s.