Eccentric Spaces, Hidden Histories: Narrative, Ritual, and by David Bialock

By David Bialock

After The story of Genji (c. 1000), the best paintings of classical eastern literature is the historic narrative The story of the Heike (13th-14th centuries). as well as establishing up clean views at the Heike narratives, this learn additionally attracts recognition to a number difficulties based at the interrelationship among narrative, ritual house, and Japan's altering perspectives of China as they endure on depictions of the emperor's authority, warriors, and marginal inhabitants going all of the as far back as the Nara interval. by way of situating the Heike during this lengthy temporal framework, the writer sheds mild on a hidden historical past of royal authority that was once entangled in Daoist and yin-yang principles within the Nara interval, practices founded on defilement within the Heian interval, and Buddhist doctrines bearing on unique enlightenment within the medieval interval, all of which resurface and mix in Heike's narrative international. In introducing for the 1st time the complete variety of Heike narrative to scholars and students of jap literature, the writer argues that we should also reexamine our knowing of the literature, ritual, and tradition of the Heian and Nara periods.

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