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

Rajyashree Pandey

Abstract

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 apparatus of scholars working on medieval Japanese history, literature, and Buddhism. Perfumed Sleeves and Tangled Hair examines both the possibilities and limitations of using these categories for an analysis of texts that come out of altogether different temporal and cultural contexts. Through close textual readings of a wide range of Japanese classical and medieval narratives, from well-known w ... More

Keywords: gender, Buddhism, agency, misogyny, literature, Tale of Genji, enlightenment, poetry, courtesan, sex

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780824853549
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824853549.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rajyashree Pandey, author
University of London