The Resource Ambiguous bodies : reading the grotesque in Japanese setsuwa tales, Michelle Osterfeld Li

Ambiguous bodies : reading the grotesque in Japanese setsuwa tales, Michelle Osterfeld Li

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Ambiguous bodies : reading the grotesque in Japanese setsuwa tales
Title
Ambiguous bodies
Title remainder
reading the grotesque in Japanese setsuwa tales
Statement of responsibility
Michelle Osterfeld Li
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Ambiguous Bodies draws from theories of the grotesque to examine many of the strange and extraordinary creatures and phenomena in the premodern Japanese tales called setsuwa. Grotesque representations in general typically direct our attention to unfinished and unrefined things; they are marked by an earthly sense of the body and an interest in the physical. Because they have many meanings, they can both sustain and undermine authority. This book aims to make sense of grotesque representations in setsuwa- animated detached body parts, unusual sexual encounters, demons and shapeshifting or otherwise wondrous animals- and in a broader sense, to show what this type of critical focus can reveal about the mentality of Japanese people in the ancient, classical, and early medieval periods. It is the first study to place Japanese tales of this nature, which have received little critical attention in English, within a sophisticated theoretical framework. Li masterfully and rigorously focuses on these fascinating tales in the context of the historical periods in which they were created and compiled
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CSt/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1962-
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Li, Michelle Ilene Osterfeld
Index
index present
LC call number
GR340
LC item number
.L5 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Folk literature, Japanese
  • Tales
  • Japanese literature
  • Grotesque in literature
  • ((Das)) Groteske
  • Setsuwa
  • Das Groteske
  • Setsuwa
  • Folk literature, Japanese
  • Grotesque in literature
  • Japanese literature
  • Tales
  • Japan
Label
Ambiguous bodies : reading the grotesque in Japanese setsuwa tales, Michelle Osterfeld Li
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [283]-303) and index
Contents
Setsuwa and the grotesque -- Fantastic detached body parts -- Curious sexual encounters -- Who eats whom? Flesh-eating demons and political power struggles -- The feminization of demons -- Animal spirits
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiii, 319 p.
Isbn
9780804759755
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008043097
Other control number
40016701673
System control number
  • (OCoLC)263408648
  • (OCoLC)ocn263408648
Label
Ambiguous bodies : reading the grotesque in Japanese setsuwa tales, Michelle Osterfeld Li
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [283]-303) and index
Contents
Setsuwa and the grotesque -- Fantastic detached body parts -- Curious sexual encounters -- Who eats whom? Flesh-eating demons and political power struggles -- The feminization of demons -- Animal spirits
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiii, 319 p.
Isbn
9780804759755
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008043097
Other control number
40016701673
System control number
  • (OCoLC)263408648
  • (OCoLC)ocn263408648

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