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Locating Setsuwa in Performance

Charlotte Eubanks

in Miracles of Book and Body: Buddhist Textual Culture and Medieval Japan

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520265615
eISBN:
9780520947894
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520265615.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter discusses setsuwa as an art form that shifts between literature and performance. It tries to establish a medieval context for setsuwa texts and decouple setsuwa from the more ... More


Miracles of Book and Body: Buddhist Textual Culture and Medieval Japan

Charlotte Eubanks

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520265615
eISBN:
9780520947894
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520265615.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This book explores the intersection of two key genres of sacred literature in medieval Japan: sutras, or sacred Buddhist texts; and setsuwa, or “explanatory tales,” used in sermons and collected in ... More


Ambiguous Bodies: Reading the Grotesque in Japanese Setsuwa Tales

Michelle Osterfeld Li

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759755
eISBN:
9780804771061
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759755.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This book draws from theories of the grotesque to examine many of the strange and extraordinary creatures and phenomena in the premodern Japanese tales called setsuwa. Grotesque representations in ... More


Introduction: The Cult of the Book and the Culture of Text

Charlotte Eubanks

in Miracles of Book and Body: Buddhist Textual Culture and Medieval Japan

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520265615
eISBN:
9780520947894
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520265615.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter introduces the connection between the sacred text and the devotional body in medieval Japan. It notes that the main focus of the book is on Buddhist texts, and stresses the importance of ... More


Decomposing Bodies, Composing Texts

Charlotte Eubanks

in Miracles of Book and Body: Buddhist Textual Culture and Medieval Japan

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520265615
eISBN:
9780520947894
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520265615.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter looks at how setsuwa can illustrate an inverse relation between body and text, investigating the setsuwa of bodily sacrifice and corporeal dissolution as events of performative writing. ... More


Introduction

in Ambiguous Bodies: Reading the Grotesque in Japanese Setsuwa Tales

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759755
eISBN:
9780804771061
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759755.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is about the grotesque in Japanese setsuwa tales. The book considers the similarities in the roles of creatures, such as animated ... More


Setsuwa and the Grotesque

in Ambiguous Bodies: Reading the Grotesque in Japanese Setsuwa Tales

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759755
eISBN:
9780804771061
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759755.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter examines the history of the concepts of the grotesque and setsuwa, suggesting that they developed separately, but that many aspects of grotesque theory are relevant to setsuwa. It ... More


Fantastic Detached Body Parts

in Ambiguous Bodies: Reading the Grotesque in Japanese Setsuwa Tales

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759755
eISBN:
9780804771061
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759755.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter examines setsuwa tales about detached parts that either act independently from the body or are otherwise fantastic in a severed state. The analysis of three setsuwa suggests that ... More


Curious Sexual Encounters

in Ambiguous Bodies: Reading the Grotesque in Japanese Setsuwa Tales

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759755
eISBN:
9780804771061
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759755.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter examines grotesque representations of copulation, conception, pregnancy, and birth in setsuwa tales. It analyzes five tales and suggests that the representation of copulation, ... More


Who Eats Whom? Flesh-Eating Demons and Political Power Struggles

in Ambiguous Bodies: Reading the Grotesque in Japanese Setsuwa Tales

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759755
eISBN:
9780804771061
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759755.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter examines the meaning of flesh-eating demons in setsuwa tales. It suggests that tales depicting gender-less demons or those incarnated as men both affirm and undermine powerful men and ... More


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