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This is the first monograph-length study in English of Kamo no Chomei, one of the most important literary figures of medieval Japan. Drawing upon a wide range of writings in a variety of genres from the Heian and Kamakura periods, Pandey focuses on the terms kyogen kigo (wild words and fancy phrases), shoji soku nehan (samsara is nirvana), hoben (expedient means), and suki (single-minded devotion to an art). She shows how these terms deployed by writers in an attempt to reconcile literary and artistic activities with a commitment to Buddhism. By locating Chomei within this broad context, the book offers an original reading of his texts, while at the same time casting a light upon intellectual preoccupations that were central to the times.
Writing and Renunciation in Medieval Japan is an important contribution to a growing body of work that challenges the rigid distinction between the religious and literary—a distinction that would have made little sense to medieval writers, many of whom were poets as well as priests—and sheds light on the particular ways in which a religio-aesthetic tradition came to be articulated in medieval Japan. Through an examination of records left by Chomei's contemporaries, the book also traces the life of Chomei, particularly his activities as a court poet and the circumstances that led to his taking the tonsure.

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  1. Half Title Page
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  1. Series Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
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  1. Introduction
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  1. 1 “Wild Words and Fancy Phrases”: Debates on the Role of Literature in the Heian and Kamakura Periods
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  1. 2 Kamo no Chōmei: Court Poet and Buddhist Priest
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  1. 3 The Way of Poetry: Mumyōshō
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  1. 4 Suki and the Attainment of Religious Awakening: Hosshinshū
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  1. 5 The Sukimono as Recluse: Hōjōki
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  1. Appendix 1
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  1. Appendix 2
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
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  1. About the Author
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472901890
Related ISBN
9780939512867
MARC Record
OCLC
1184509155
Launched on MUSE
2020-09-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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