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Riassunto: Swords, Oaths, and Prophetic Visions investigates some of the most historically important political and social issues raised by the Genpei War (1180-1185). This epic civil conflict, which ushered in Japan’s age of the warriors, is most famously articulated in the monumental narrative Heike monogatari (The Tale of the Heike). Elizabeth Oyler’s ambitious work lays out the complex interconnections between the numerous variant texts of the Heike and the historical events they describe. But Oyler’s innovative methodology also brings other texts and genres—the Gikeiki, the Soga monogatari, the Azuma kagami, and pieces from the kôwakamai repertoire—into the picture. Rather than concentrating on individual texts, Oyler focuses on the manifold intertextual relationships within this larger body of narrative and drama and the collective role of these works in creating and disseminating stories about some of the Genpei War’s most contentious events. In so doing, she works toward a new understanding of the underlying cultural problems of which these tales are symptomatic and which they attempt to address.
Oyler considers tellings and retellings of key episodes in the history of the Minamoto clan: the prophetic dream telling of Yoritomo’s rise to power; the emergence of Kiso Yoshinaka as a challenger to his cousin, Yoritomo; the falling out between Yoritomo and Yoshitsune; and the recovery of the swords used by the Soga brothers to enact their revenge. Her study reveals how the narrative tradition regarding such episodes is conditioned by deeper and more profoundly difficult historical moments, including the culturally traumatic loss of one of the three sacred regalia and the attenuation of royal authority resulting from the creation of Minamoto Yoritomo’s Kamakura government. She asks: How were the ideas of unity and loyalty, so central in medieval conceptualizations of warrior clans, shaped for use by a fractious ruling family? What methods did medieval readers and audiences rely on to interpret these tales? Oyler shows how authors and audiences shaped their histories in terms of their own cultural identities and anxieties. Her re-envisioning of the rise of the Minamoto victors provides a nuanced understanding of the narrative and historical impulses that helped shape medieval ideas about the war and the warriors who rose to power in its wake.
By examining the treatment of the Genpei War across a broad selection of texts and genres, Swords, Oaths, and Prophetic Visions complicates some of the fundamental characterizations of the medieval period and the nature of medieval literature, particularly polarizations between so-called high art and popular stories, and oral versus written literature. It contextualizes the stories that underwrite emerging ideas of cultural identity and a shared sense of history in medieval Japan in new and provocative ways.
L'autore: Elizabeth Oyler is assistant professor of Japanese at Washington University in St. Louis.
Titolo: Swords, Oaths, and Prophetic Visions: ...
Casa editrice: University of Hawaii Press
Data di pubblicazione: 2006
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Univ of Hawaii Pr, 2006. Condizione libro: Gut. 218 Seiten Sofortversand! Gutes Exemplar, geringe Gebrauchsspuren, innen alles in Ordnung; good – fine Immediate delivery in bubble wrap envelope! Good copy, light signs of previous use, cover/dust jacket has some rubbing/wear (along the edges), interior in good condition 150918ap102 ISBN: 9780824829223 Alle Preise inkl. MwST Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 472 23,1 x 15,5 x 2,5 cm, Gebundene Ausgabe. Codice libro della libreria 339259
Descrizione libro University of Hawaii Press, 2006. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. Item may show signs of shelf wear. Pages may include limited notes and highlighting. Includes supplemental or companion materials if applicable. Access codes may or may not work. Connecting readers since 1972. Customer service is our top priority. Codice libro della libreria mon0000717339
Descrizione libro University of Hawaii Press, U.S.A., 2006. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. Not ex library. 218 pages. Seven characters in pencil of half title, otherwise clean. Tight and square. Yellow and orange jacket with black lettering and line drawing illustration, slight rubbing of sheen, otherwise as new. No visible edgewear of cover. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Codice libro della libreria 034947
Descrizione libro University of Hawaii Press,, Honolulu:, 2006. Hardcover. Condizione libro: As New. Condizione sovraccoperta: As New. First printing. As new in like dust jacket. ; 218 pages. Codice libro della libreria 63657
Descrizione libro University of Hawaii Press, 2006. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0824829220
Descrizione libro University of Hawaii Press, 2006. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Codice libro della libreria P020824829220
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Descrizione libro Univ of Hawaii Pr, 2006. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Used: Good. Codice libro della libreria SONG0824829220
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