The Tale of Matsura : Fujiwara Teika's Experiment in Fiction

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Tác giả: Wayne P Lammers

Ngôn ngữ: eng

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Thông tin xuất bản: Ann Arbor, Michigan : University of Michigan Press, 2020

Mô tả vật lý: 1 electronic resource (223 p.)

Bộ sưu tập: Tài liệu truy cập mở

ID: 181609

 Fujiwara Teika is known as the premier poet and literary scholar of the early 13th century. It is not so widely known that he also tried his hand at fiction: Mumyozoshi (Untitled Leaves
  ca. 1201) refers to "several works" by Teika and then names Matsura no miya monogatari (The Tale of Matsura
  ca. 1190) as the only one that can be considered successful. The work is here translated in full, with annotation. Set in the pre-Nara period, The Tale of Matsura is the story of a young Japanese courtier, Ujitada, who is sent to China with an embassy and has a number of supernatural experiences while there. Affairs of the heart dominate The Tale of Matsura, as is standard for courtly tales. Several of its other features break the usual mold, however: its time and setting
  the military episode that would seem to belong instead in a war tale
  scenes depicting the sovereign's daily audiences, in which formal court business is conducted
  a substantial degree of specificity in referring to things Chinese
  a heavy reliance on fantastic and supernatural elements
  an obvious effort to avoid imitating The Tale of Genji as other late-Heian tales had done
  and a most inventive ending. The discussion in the introduction briefly touches upon each of these features, and then focuses at some length on how characteristics associated with the poetic ideal of yoen inform the tale. Evidence relating to the date and authorship of the tale is explored in two appendixes.
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