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Perfumed Sleeves and Tangled Hair: Body, Woman, and Desire in Medieval Japanese Narratives

Rajyashree Pandey

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824853549
eISBN:
9780824869052
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824853549.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Categories such as ‘body,’ ‘woman,’ ‘gender,’ and ‘agency’-categories that emerged within the context of western philosophical, religious, and feminist debates – have become central to the analytical ... More


Mapping Courtship and Kinship in Classical Japan: The Tale of Genji and Its Predecessors

Doris G. Bargen

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824851545
eISBN:
9780824868123
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824851545.001.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

Literary critiques of Murasaki Shikibu's eleventh-century The Tale of Genji have often focused on the amorous adventures of its eponymous hero. This book emphasizes the thematic importance of Japan's ... More


Mr. Yamaguchi: Manufacturer and Creator of the Tale of Genji on Handwoven Scroll

Tamara K. Hareven

in The Silk Weavers of Kyoto: Family and Work in a Changing Traditional Industry

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520228177
eISBN:
9780520935761
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520228177.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

This chapter presents the narrative of Mr. Yamaguchi Itaro. Mr. Yamaguchi has spent many years designing and supervising the weaving of four surviving scrolls illustrating scenes from The Tale of ... More


Afterword

Itō Moriyuki

in The Sarashina Diary: A Woman's Life in Eleventh-Century Japan

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231167185
eISBN:
9780231537452
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231167185.003.0007
Subject:
History, Asian History

This afterword reflects on the Sarashina Diary and collaboration with Sonja Arntzen for this book. It also comments on Ivan Morris's English translation of the diary, As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams ... More


Conclusion

Doris G. Bargen

in Mapping Courtship and Kinship in Classical Japan: The Tale of Genji and Its Predecessors

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824851545
eISBN:
9780824868123
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824851545.003.0010
Subject:
History, Asian History

This concluding chapter compares pre-Genji stories of courtship with Murasaki Shikibu's masterpiece, in order to illustrate what could go wrong with courtship, and in particular, how the ... More


Satire in Foreign Attire: The Ambivalences of Learning in Late Antiquity and Medieval Japan

Wiebke Denecke

in Classical World Literatures: Sino-Japanese and Greco-Roman Comparisons

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199971848
eISBN:
9780199346134
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199971848.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

There was one cultural achievement that Rome and Japan self-consciously lacked: indigenous philosophical traditions. This made philosophers in Rome and Confucian scholars in Japan into both exemplars ... More


Genji: Courtship as Play and Performance

Doris G. Bargen

in Mapping Courtship and Kinship in Classical Japan: The Tale of Genji and Its Predecessors

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824851545
eISBN:
9780824868123
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824851545.003.0007
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter demonstrates four different stages in Genji's use of the Heian courtship practice of kaimami, a secretive maneuver to disguise and thereby deflect attention from unnarrated tabooed ... More


Eccentric Spaces, Hidden Histories: Narrative, Ritual, and Royal Authority from The Chronicles of Japan to The Tale of the Heike

David T. Bialock

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804751582
eISBN:
9780804767644
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804751582.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

After The Tale of Genji (c.1000), the greatest work of classical Japanese literature is the historical narrative The Tale of the Heike (13th–14th centuries). In addition to opening up fresh ... More


Murasaki Shikibu's The Tale of Genji: Philosophical Perspectives

James McMullen (ed.)

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780190654979
eISBN:
9780190655013
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190654979.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Abstract The Tale of Genji, written by a Murasaki Shikibu, a female courtier commonly celebrated as a genius, is the greatest work of Japanese literature and has fascinated readers for more than a ... More


Conclusion

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/9780804759755.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the grotesque in setsuwa tales, which, it suggests, embodies the tensions between individuals and groups competing for power as well as between ... More


Dying in Two Dimensions: Genji emaki and the Wages of Depth Perception

Reginald Jackson

in Mechademia 7: Lines of Sight

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680498
eISBN:
9781452948706
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680498.003.0008
Subject:
Art, Visual Culture

The Gotō Museum’s “Yomigaeru Genji monogatari emaki” exhibit of 2005–2006 was an ambitious attempt to “resurrect” the museum’s legendary illustrated handscrolls of The Tale of Genji (the Genji ... More


Elegance and Compassion in Heian Japan

William M. Reddy

in The Making of Romantic Love: Longing and Sexuality in Europe, South Asia, and Japan, 900-1200 CE

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226706269
eISBN:
9780226706283
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226706283.003.0006
Subject:
History, World Medieval History

This chapter examines the understanding of sexual partnerships and the practice of love in Heian Japan (794–1185). For aristocrats of the Heian period, sexual partnerships, insofar as these were ... More


Introduction

Doris G. Bargen

in Mapping Courtship and Kinship in Classical Japan: The Tale of Genji and Its Predecessors

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824851545
eISBN:
9780824868123
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824851545.003.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

This introductory chapter emphasizes the interconnectedness between the place of courtship and the literal and figurative movements of its participants by exploring anthropological and political ... More


Exiting the Maze

Doris G. Bargen

in Mapping Courtship and Kinship in Classical Japan: The Tale of Genji and Its Predecessors

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824851545
eISBN:
9780824868123
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824851545.003.0009
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter ventures into the genealogical complexities generated by acts of courtship performed by two third-generation characters, the highly self-conscious Kaoru and his dashing friend and rival ... More


Text and Intertext: The Sarashina Diary and the Tale of Genji

Sonja Arntzen and Itō Moriyuki

in The Sarashina Diary: A Woman's Life in Eleventh-Century Japan

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231167185
eISBN:
9780231537452
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231167185.003.0005
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter examines the Sarashina Diary in relation to the Tale of Genji. The Sarashina Diary secured for Sugawara no Takasue no Musume a place in Japanese literary history as the first “reader” of ... More


Introduction

Rajyashree Pandey

in Perfumed Sleeves and Tangled Hair: Body, Woman, and Desire in Medieval Japanese Narratives

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824853549
eISBN:
9780824869052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824853549.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

The introduction charts the intellectual journey of the author who increasingly came to recognize that both in her own work and that of other scholars working on medieval Japanese texts, there was a ... More


The Erotics of the Body in the Tale of Genji

Rajyashree Pandey

in Perfumed Sleeves and Tangled Hair: Body, Woman, and Desire in Medieval Japanese Narratives

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824853549
eISBN:
9780824869052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824853549.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

The body seems curiously absent in the Tale of Genji, despite the fact that this is a romance narrative about amorous entanglement and erotic desire. It is only when the body is conceived of as an ... More


“Meditating on the Impure Body”: The Generic Transformations of a Medieval Topos

Rajyashree Pandey

in Perfumed Sleeves and Tangled Hair: Body, Woman, and Desire in Medieval Japanese Narratives

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824853549
eISBN:
9780824869052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824853549.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

The chapter examines discursive formulations around one Buddhist practice, fujôkan (meditating on the foul and impure body) to demonstrate how medieval texts weave together widely divergent readings ... More


Lover and Nun: Embodying the Heroine in Fitful Slumbers

Christina Laffin

in Rewriting Medieval Japanese Women: Politics, Personality, and Literary Production in the Life of Nun Abutsu

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835651
eISBN:
9780824871215
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835651.003.0003
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter takes up one of Abutsu's best-known works, her diary Fitful Slumbers. The diary demonstrates her vast knowledge of The Tale of Genji, a talent that enables her to position herself as ... More


Women and the Way: Nun Abutsu as Poet and Genji Scholar

Christina Laffin

in Rewriting Medieval Japanese Women: Politics, Personality, and Literary Production in the Life of Nun Abutsu

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835651
eISBN:
9780824871215
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835651.003.0004
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter examines Abutsu's activities as a poet and scholar of The Tale of Genji, skills that brought her to the attention of Fujiwara no Tameie and enabled her to flourish within his household. ... More


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