Rewriting Medieval Japanese Women

Politics, Personality, and Literary Production in the Life of Nun Abutsu

Author: Christina Laffin

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 270

View: 7812

This book counters the notion that medieval women, unlike those in the Heian period, had been relegated to the private sphere by institutional transformations, and no longer wrote, worked, taught or traveled. Tracing the life of Nun Abutsu through her di

Routledge Handbook of Premodern Japanese History

Author: Karl F Friday

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 135169202X


Page: N.A

View: 6231

Scholarship on premodern Japan has grown spectacularly over the past four decades, in terms of both sophistication and volume. A new approach has developed, marked by a higher reliance on primary documents, a shift away from the history of elites to broader explorations of social structures, and a re-examination of many key assumptions. As a result, the picture of the early Japanese past now taught by specialists differs radically from the one that was current in the mid-twentieth century. This handbook offers a comprehensive historiographical review of Japanese history up until the 1500s. Featuring chapters by leading historians and covering the early J?mon, Yayoi, Kofun, Nara, and Heian eras, as well as the later medieval periods, each section provides a foundational grasp of the major themes in premodern Japan. The sections will include: Geography and the environment Political events and institutions Society and culture Economy and technology The Routledge Handbook of Premodern Japanese History is an essential reference work for students and scholars of Japanese, Asian, and World History.

Courtly Visions

The Ise Stories and the Politics of Cultural Appropriation

Author: Joshua S. Mostow

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004249435

Category: Art

Page: 368

View: 7081

Courtly Visions: The Ise Stories and the Politics of Cultural Appropriation traces—through the visual and literary record—the reception and use of the tenth-century literary romance through the seventeenth century.

The Sarashina Diary

A Woman's Life in Eleventh-Century Japan (Reader's Edition)

Author: Sugawara no Takasue no Musume

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231546823

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 167

View: 6743

A thousand years ago, a young Japanese girl embarked on a journey from deep in the countryside of eastern Japan to the capital. Forty years later, with the long account of that journey as a foundation, the mature woman skillfully created an autobiography that incorporates many moments of heightened awareness from her long life. Married at age thirty-three, she identified herself as a reader and writer more than as a wife and mother; enthralled by fiction, she bore witness to the dangers of romantic fantasy as well as the enduring consolation of self-expression. This reader’s edition streamlines Sonja Arntzen and Moriyuki Itō’s acclaimed translation of the Sarashina Diary for general readers and classroom use. This translation captures the lyrical richness of the original text while revealing its subtle structure and ironic meaning, highlighting the author’s deep concern for Buddhist belief and practice and the juxtaposition of poetic passages and narrative prose. The translators’ commentary offers insight into the author’s family and world, as well as the style, structure, and textual history of her work.

Making Personas

Transnational Film Stardom in Modern Japan

Author: Hideaki Fujiki

Publisher: Harvard Univ Council on East Asian

ISBN: 9780674065697

Category: History

Page: 408

View: 4500

Analyzes the establishment and transformation of the transnational film star system and the formations of historically important film stars—Japanese and non-Japanese—and casts new light on Japanese modernity as it unfolded between the 1910s and 1930s.

Courtesans, Concubines, and the Cult of Female Fidelity

Author: Beverly Bossler

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674970649

Category: History

Page: 480

View: 9914

Courtesans, Concubines, and the Cult of Female Fidelity traces changing gender relations in China from the tenth to fourteenth centuries. By taking women and men s relationships with women seriously, this book makes a case for the centrality of gender relations in the social, political, and intellectual life of the Song and Yuan dynasties."

An Imperial Concubine's Tale

Scandal, Shipwreck, and Salvation in Seventeenth-century Japan

Author: G. G. Rowley

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231158548

Category: History

Page: 255

View: 5275

Japan in the early seventeenth century was a wild place. Serial killers stalked the streets of Kyoto at night, while noblemen and women mingled freely at the imperial palace, drinking saké and watching kabuki dancing in the presence of the emperor's principal consort. Among these noblewomen was an imperial concubine named Nakanoin Nakako, who in 1609 became embroiled in a sex scandal involving both courtiers and young women in the emperor's service. As punishment, Nakako was banished to an island in the Pacific Ocean, but she never reached her destination. Instead, she was shipwrecked and spent fourteen years in a remote village on the Izu Peninsula before she was finally allowed to return to Kyoto. In 1641, Nakako began a new adventure: she entered a convent and became a Buddhist nun. Recounting the remarkable story of this resilient woman and her war-torn world, G. G. Rowley investigates aristocratic family archives, village storehouses, and the records of imperial convents. She follows the banished concubine as she endures rural exile, receives an unexpected reprieve, and rediscovers herself as the abbess of a nunnery. While unraveling Nakako's unusual tale, Rowley also reveals the little-known lives of samurai women who sacrificed themselves on the fringes of the great battles that brought an end to more than a century of civil war. Written with keen insight and genuine affection, An Imperial Concubine's Tale tells the true story of a woman's extraordinary life in seventeenth-century Japan.

Strange Eventful Histories

Identity, Performance, and Xu Wei's Four Cries of a Gibbon

Author: Shiamin Kwa

Publisher: Harvard Univ Council on East Asian

ISBN: 9780674066854

Category: Drama

Page: 273

View: 1461

When it comes to really knowing a person, is what you see really what you get? Is it ever all you get? In this first critical study and annotated translation of the dramatic masterpiece Four Cries of a Gibbon by the late-Ming dynasty Chinese playwright Xu Wei, author Shiamin Kwa considers the ways that people encounter and understand each other in extraordinary circumstances. With its tales of crimes redressed in the next world and girls masquerading as men to achieve everlasting fame, Four Cries of a Gibbon complicated issues of self and identity when it appeared in the late Ming dynasty, paving the way for increasingly nuanced reflections on such questions in late Ming and early Qing fiction and drama. Beyond their historical context, Xu Weiâe(tm)s influential plays serve as testimony to what Kwa argues are universal strategies found within drama. The heroes and heroines in these plays glide back and forth across the borders of life and death, of male and female, as they seek to articulate who they truly are. As the actors sort out these truths onstage, the members of the audience are invited to consider the truths that they live with offstage.

Azja i Afryka: inność - odmienność - różnorodność

Author: Maciej Klimiuk,Piotr Bachtin

Publisher: Wydział Orientalistyczny, Uniwersytet Warszawski

ISBN: 8390318881


Page: 338

View: 7882

Inność, odmienność, różnorodność – te trzy słowa stanowią myśl przewodnią niniejszej książki. Nie traktujemy ich znaczeń literalnie, może się wręcz wydawać, że niektóre ze zgromadzonych w tym zbiorze tekstów aż nadto wykraczają poza ramy znaczeniowe tych terminów. Tym niemniej, jednym z naszych zamierzeń było udowodnienie, że mogą być one rozmaicie rozumiane – w ten sposób mamy bowiem możliwość ukazać kolejny wymiar różnorodności: różnorodność sensów, znaczeń i indywidualnych interpretacji. W książce znalazły się 23 artykuły, napisane przez badaczy i badaczki Azji i Afryki, związanych i związane z polskimi oraz zagranicznymi ośrodkami naukowymi. Teksty zostały zgrupowane w siedem rozdziałów, podejmujących tytułowe zagadnienia: Ze studiów nad światem islamu, Tożsamość, Wykluczenie, Społeczeństwo, Różnorodność Azji Południowo-Wchodniej, Popkultura i literatura oraz Imigracja i integracja. Spis treści Muzułmański Inny w pismach Oriany Fallaci (zamiast wprowadzenia) ZE STUDIÓW NAD ŚWIATEM ISLAMU Piotr Bachtin, Zatoka Zawsze Perska? Irańscy intelektualiści wobec prób zmiany nazwy Zatoki Perskiej – wokół argumentacji Rezy Dāwariego Ardakāniego Magdalena Daniłowicz, Muzułmańskie panowanie na Sycylii. Arabska Siqilliyya Łukasz Piątak, Architektura Wielkiego Meczetu Umajjadów w Damaszku Sebastian Żbik, Tradenci i transmisja tradycji założenia Al-Fusṭāṭu w Kitāb futūḥ Miṣr Ibn ‘Abd al-Ḥakama TOŻSAMOŚĆ Maria Lipnicka, „Arab jest jaki kiwi...” – tożsamość arabskiego Izraelczyka w powieściach Sayeda Kashui Natalia Żakowska, Taniec bharatanatjam w procesie kształtowania się tożsamości kulturowej i narodowej Hindusów w czasach współczesnych WYKLUCZENIE Katarzyna Pechcin, Różnorodność kulturowa i wykluczenie etniczno-polityczne w muzułmańskiej kulturze Kataru Aleksandra Kos, Wykluczona – postać Sity (Sītā), idealnej małżonki Małgorzata Lipska, System Ali – muzyka narzędziem walki z wykluczeniem mniejszości kulturowych w Izraelu SPOŁECZEŃSTWO Jędrzej Greń, Odmienny kraj, inni ludzie – obraz chińskiej administracji cywilnej w relacjach Europejczyków z XVI wieku Joanna Gruszewska, Refleksja nad społeczeństwem we wczesnej myśli buddyjskiej na przykładzie Wadźrasući (Vajrasūcī) Aśwaghoszy Agnieszka Nitza, Kulturowo-społeczna specyfika Indii i Pakistanu a demokracja Anna Piątek, Homoseksualne środowiska ortodoksyjne w Izraelu z perspektywy religijnej, społecznej i artystycznej (filmowej) RÓŻNORODNOŚĆ AZJI POŁUDNIOWO-WSCHODNIEJ Natalia Laskowska, Indonezyjskie ludobójstwo, indonezyjskie „odrodzenie” oraz udział Zachodu w fałszowaniu indonezyjskiej historii Marianna Lis, Rola wayangu w dekolonizacji Indonezji Maciej Klimiuk, Bibliografia polskich i polskojęzycznych publikacji z zakresu studiów indonezjanistycznych i malaistycznych (1913-2013) POPKULTURA I LITERATURA Karolina Broma-Smenda, Konstrukcja wizerunku poetki Ono no Komachi w kulturze współczesnej i popularnej Małgorzata Jakiel, Od historii do legendy, od legendy do popkultury. Wizerunek nizarytów w tekstach kultury zachodniej Maciej Klimiuk, „Możemy otworzyć nasze oczy, kiedy ciskają w nie piaskiem” – Mashrou’ Leila o miłości i polityce Justyna Kurowska, Żałoba rytualna a żałoba w gronie rodziny – różne wymiary śmierci na tle obchodów święta muharram w powieści Rahiego Masuma Razy Połowa wsi IMIGRACJA I INTEGRACJA Martyna Rutkowska, Cudzoziemcy w Etiopii – historie dwudziestowiecznych imigrantów do kraju Królowej Saby Gaweł Walczak, Nowoczesność uchodźstwa Mosziego Anna Zaborska, Integracja cudzoziemek w starożytnym Izraelu w kontekście Księgi Rut

Knowing the Amorous Man

A History of Scholarship on Tales of Ise

Author: Jamie L. Newhard

Publisher: Harvard Univ Council on East Asian

ISBN: 9780674073357

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 297

View: 2684

One of the central literary texts of the Heian period (794–1185), Tales of Ise has inspired extensive commentary. Offering a comprehensive history of the work's reception, Jamie Newhard reveals the ideological and aesthetic issues shaping criticism over the centuries as the audience for classical Japanese literature expanded beyond the aristocracy.

Empire of the Dharma

Korean and Japanese Buddhism, 1877-1912

Author: Hwansoo Ilmee Kim

Publisher: Harvard Univ Council on East Asian

ISBN: 9780674065758

Category: History

Page: 415

View: 6088

Explores the relationship between Korean and Japanese Buddhists in the years leading up, and immediately after, the 1910 Japanese annexation of Korea.

Traditional Japanese Literature

An Anthology, Beginnings to 1600

Author: Haruo Shirane

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231157304

Category: History

Page: 578

View: 1699

Haruo Shirane's critically acclaimed Traditional Japanese Literature: An Anthology, Beginnings to 1600, contains key examples of both high and low styles of poetry, drama, prose fiction, and essays. For this abridged edition, Shirane retains substantial excerpts from such masterworks as The Tale of Genji, The Tales of the Heike, The Pillow Book, the Man'yoshu, and the Kokinshu. He preserves his comprehensive survey of secular and religious anecdotes ( setsuwa) as well as classical poems with extensive commentary. He features no drama; selections from influential war epics; and notable essays on poetry, fiction, history, and religion. Texts are interwoven to bring into focus common themes, styles, and allusions while inviting comparison and debate. The result is a rich encounter with ancient and medieval Japanese culture and history. Each text and genre is enhanced by extensive introductions that provide sociopolitical and cultural context. The anthology is organized by period, genre, and topic -- an instructor-friendly structure -- and a comprehensive bibliography guides readers toward further study. Praise for Traditional Japanese Literature: An Anthology, Beginnings to 1600 "Haruo Shirane has done a splendid job at this herculean task." -- Joshua Mostow, University of British Columbia "A comprehensive and innovative anthology.... All of the introductions are excellent." -- Journal of Asian Studies "One of those impressive, erudite, must-have titles for anyone interested in Asian literature." -- Bloomsbury Review "An anthology that comprises superb translations of an exceptionally wide range of texts.... Highly recommended." -- Choice "A wealth of material." -- Monumenta Nipponica

Feminism in Literature

A Gale Critical Companion

Author: Jessica Bomarito,Jeffrey W. Hunter

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780787675738

Category: Literature

Page: N.A

View: 4385


Mortal Remains

Death in Early America

Author: Nancy Isenberg,Andrew Burstein

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812208064

Category: History

Page: 264

View: 9376

Mortal Remains introduces new methods of analyzing death and its crucial meanings over a 240-year period, from 1620 to 1860, untangling its influence on other forms of cultural expression, from religion and politics to race relations and the nature of war. In this volume historians and literary scholars join forces to explore how, in a medically primitive and politically evolving environment, mortality became an issue that was inseparable from national self-definition. Attempting to make sense of their suffering and loss while imagining a future of cultural permanence and spiritual value, early Americans crafted metaphors of death in particular ways that have shaped the national mythology. As the authors show, the American fascination with murder, dismembered bodies, and scenes of death, the allure of angel sightings, the rural cemetery movement, and the enshrinement of George Washington as a saintly father, constituted a distinct sensibility. Moreover, by exploring the idea of the vanishing Indian and the brutality of slavery, the authors demonstrate how a culture of violence and death had an early effect on the American collective consciousness. Mortal Remains draws on a range of primary sources—from personal diaries and public addresses, satire and accounts of sensational crime—and makes a needed contribution to neglected aspects of cultural history. It illustrates the profound ways in which experiences with death and the imagery associated with it became enmeshed in American society, politics, and culture.

Lost Leaves

Women Writers of Meiji Japan

Author: Rebecca L. Copeland

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 9780824822910

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 285

View: 442

Most Japanese literary historians have suggested that the Meiji Period (1868-1912) was devoid of women writers but for the brilliant exception of Higuchi Ichiyo (1872-1896). Rebecca Copeland challenges this claim by examining in detail the lives and literary careers of three of Ichiyo's peers, each representative of the diversity and ingenuity of the period: Miyake Kaho (1868-1944), Wakamatsu Shizuko (1864-1896), and Shimizu Shikin (1868-1933). In a carefully researched introduction, Copeland establishes the context for the development of female literary expression. She follows this with chapters on each of the women under consideration. Miyake Kaho, often regarded as the first woman writer of modern Japan, offers readers a vision of the female vitality that is often overlooked when discussing the Meiji era. Wakamatsu Shizuko, the most prominent female translator of her time, had a direct impact on the development of a modern written language for Japanese prose fiction. Shimizu Shikin reminds readers of the struggle women endured in their efforts to balance their creative interests with their social roles. Interspersed throughout are excerpts from works under discussion, most never before translated, offering an invaluable window into this forgotten world of women's writing.

Classical Japanese Prose

An Anthology

Author: Helen Craig McCullough

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804719605

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 578

View: 9791

This volume brings together in convenient form a rich selection of Japanese prose dating from the ninth to the seventeenth centuries, a period during which the preeminent cultural and aesthetic values were those of the Heian court. It contains 22 works representing all the major indigenous literary forms, either complete or in generous excerpts, and is particularly rich in writing by women and in autobiographical writings. This anthology contains longer selections than the only other available anthology, which was published in the 1950s, and each selection is preceded by an introduction reflecting the most recent scholarship. With three exceptions, all the translations are by the compilers, and almost all of them are published here for the first time. Because of space limitations, the compiler has omitted the two long masterpieces of the age, The Tale of Genji and The Tale of Heike, which deserve to be read in their entirety, and which are available in paperback English translations. The book contains an extensive general introduction, thirteen illustrations, five maps, a glossary, and a selected bibliography of works in English translation.

Detective Fiction and the Rise of the Japanese Novel, 1880-1930

Author: Satoru Saito

Publisher: Harvard Univ Council on East Asian

ISBN: 9780674065864

Category: History

Page: 308

View: 6946

Satoru Saito examines the similarities between detective fiction and the novel in prewar Japan. Arguing that interactions between the genres were critical moments of literary engagement, Saito demonstrates how detective fiction provided a framework through which to examine and critique Japan s literary formations and its modernizing society."

Re-reading the Salaryman in Japan

Crafting Masculinities

Author: Romit Dasgupta

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415683289

Category: Social Science

Page: 204

View: 7339

In Japan, the figure of the suited, white-collar office worker or business executive 'salaryman' (or, sarariiman), came to be associated with Japan's economic transformation following World War Two. The ubiquitous salaryman came to signify both Japanese masculinity, and Japanese corporate culture, and in this sense, the salaryman embodied 'the archetypal citizen'. This book uses the figure of the salaryman to explore masculinity in Japan by examining the salaryman as a gendered construct. Whilst there is a considerable body of literature on Japanese corporate culture and a growing acknowledgement of the role of gender, until now the focus has been almost exclusively on women in the workplace. In contrast, this book is one of the first to focus on the men within Japanese corporate culture through a gendered lens. Not only does this add to the emerging literature on masculinity in Japan, but given the important role Japanese corporate culture has played in Japan's emergence as an industrial power, Romit Dasgupta's research offers a new way of looking both at Japanese business culture, and more generally at important changes in Japanese society in recent years. Based on intensive interviews carried out with young male private sector employees in Japan, this book makes an important contribution to the study of masculinity and Japanese corporate culture, in addition to providing an insight into Japanese culture more generally. As such it will be of great interest to students and scholars of Japanese studies, Japanese society and gender studies.

The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami

Author: Matthew Strecher

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781452943053


Page: 292

View: 4242

In an OC other worldOCO composed of languageOCoit could be a fathomless Martian well, a labyrinthine hotel or forestOCoa narrative unfolds, and with it the experiences, memories, and dreams that constitute reality for Haruki MurakamiOCOs characters and readers alike. Memories and dreams in turn conjure their magical counterpartsOCopeople without names or pasts, fantastic animals, half-animals, and talking machines that traverse the dark psychic underworld of this writerOCOs extraordinary fiction. Fervently acclaimed worldwide, MurakamiOCOs wildly imaginative work in many ways remains a mystery, its worlds within worlds uncharted territory. Finally in this book readers will find a map to the strange realm that grounds virtually every aspect of MurakamiOCOs writing. A journey through the enigmatic and baffling innermost mind, a metaphysical dimension where MurakamiOCOs most bizarre scenes and characters lurk, The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami exposes the psychological and mythological underpinnings of this other world. Matthew Carl Strecher shows how these considerations color MurakamiOCOs depictions of the individual and collective soul, which constantly shift between the tangible and intangible but in this literary landscape are undeniably real. Through these otherworldly depths The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami also charts the writerOCOs vivid OC inner world, OCO whether unconscious or underworld (what some Japanese critics call achiragawa, or OC over thereOCO), and its connectivity to language. Strecher covers all of MurakamiOCOs workOCoincluding his efforts as a literary journalistOCoand concludes with the first full-length close reading of the writerOCOs newest novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. "