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Imagining Exile in Heian JapanBanishment in Law, Literature, and Cult$
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Jonathan Stockdale

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824839833

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824839833.001.0001

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The Radiance of Exile

The Radiance of Exile

The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter and The Tale of Genji

(p.43) 3 The Radiance of Exile
Imagining Exile in Heian Japan

Jonathan Stockdale

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the theme of exile in the earliest work of prose fiction (monogatari) from the Heian court, the Tale of the Bamboo Cutter (Taketori monogatari). The chapter argues that the role of exile as a trope to express discontent within the Taketori has not been adequately understood within modern scholarship, but that this role was not so overlooked in the Heian period itself, as evidenced by the discussion of the Taketori within the Genji Monogatari (Tale of Genji).

Keywords:   Taketori, Genji, monogatari, Kaguyahime, fudoki, Fujiwara, marriage politics

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