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Heian Japan, Centers and Peripheries
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The first three centuries of the Heian period (794–1086) saw some of its most fertile innovations and epochal achievements in Japanese literature and the arts. It was also a time of important transitions in the spheres of religion and politics, as aristocratic authority was consolidated in Kyoto, powerful court factions and religious institutions emerged, and adjustments were made in the Chinese-style system of ruler-ship. At the same time, the era’s leaders faced serious challenges from the provinces that called into question the primacy and efficiency of the governmental system and tested the social/cultural status quo. Heian Japan, Centers and Peripheries, the first book of its kind to examine the early Heian from a wide variety of multidisciplinary perspectives, offers a fresh look at these seemingly contradictory trends. Essays by fourteen leading American, European, and Japanese scholars of art history, history, literature, and religions take up core texts and iconic images, cultural achievements and social crises, and the ever-fascinating patterns and puzzles of the time. The authors tackle some of Heian Japan’s most enduring paradigms as well as hitherto unexplored problems in search of new ways of understanding the currents of change as well as the processes of institutionalization that shaped the Heian scene, defined the contours of its legacies, and make it one of the most intensely studied periods of the Japanese past.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. maps, figures, and tables
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Terminology and Translations
  2. p. xi
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  1. 1. Between and Beyond Centers and Peripheries
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. Part I. Locating Political Centers and Peripheries
  2. pp. 13-14
  1. 2. From Female Sovereign to Mother of the Nation: Women and Government in the Heian Period
  2. pp. 15-34
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  1. 3. Court and Provinces under Regent Fujiwara no Tadahira
  2. pp. 35-65
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  1. 4. Kugyō and Zuryō: Center and Periphery in the Era of Fujiwara no Michinaga
  2. pp. 66-102
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  1. Part II. Shifting Categories in Literature and the Arts
  2. pp. 103-104
  1. 5. The Way of the Literati: Chinese Learning and Literary Practice in Mid-Heian Japan
  2. pp. 105-128
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  1. 6. Terrains of Text in Mid-Heian Court Culture
  2. pp. 129-152
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  1. 7. The Buddhist Transformation of Japan in the Ninth Century: The Case of Eleven-Headed Kannon
  2. pp. 153-176
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  1. Part III. Establishing New Religious Spheres
  2. pp. 177-178
  1. 8. Scholasticism, Exegesis, and Ritual Practice: On Renovation in the History of Buddhist Writing in the Early Heian Period
  2. pp. 179-211
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  1. 9. Institutional Diversity and Religious Integration: The Establishment of Temple Networks in the Heian Age
  2. pp. 212-244
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  1. 10. The Archeology of Anxiety: An Underground History of Heian Religion
  2. pp. 245-272
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  1. Part IV. Negotiating Domestic Peripheries
  2. pp. 273-274
  1. 11. Famine, Climate, and Farming in Japan, 670 – 1100
  2. pp. 275-304
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  1. 12. Life of Commoners in the Provinces: The Owari no gebumi of 988
  2. pp. 305-328
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  1. 13. Lordship Interdicted: Taira no Tadatsune and the Limited Horizons of Warrior Ambition
  2. pp. 329-354
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  1. Part V. Placing Heian Japan in the Asian World
  2. pp. 355-356
  1. 14. Cross-border Traffic on the Kyushu Coast, 794 – 1086
  2. pp. 357-383
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  1. 15. Jōjin’s Travels from Center to Center (with Some Periphery in between)
  2. pp. 384-414
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  1. References
  2. pp. 415-438
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  1. glossary-index
  2. pp. 441-448
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 439-440
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