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Western scholars have tended to read Heian literature through the prism of female experience, stressing the imbalance of power in courtship and looking for evidence that women hoped to move beyond the constraints of marriage politics. Paul Schalow’s original and challenging work inherits these concerns about the transcendence of love and carries them into a new realm of inquiry—the suffering of noblemen and the literary record of their hopes for transcendence through friendship. He traces this recurring theme, which he labels "courtly male friendship," in five important literary works ranging from the tenth-century Tale of Ise to the early eleventh-century Tale of Genji. Whether authored by men or women, the depictions of male friendship addressed in this work convey the differing perspectives of male and female authors profoundly shaped by their gender roles in the court aristocracy. Schalow’s analysis clarifies in particular how Heian literature articulates the nobleman’s wish to be known and appreciated fully by another man.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-5
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  1. Chapter 1. Poems to Sing and the Hope for Transcendence
  2. pp. 6-36
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  1. Chapter 2. Paradigms of Friendship in the Tale of Ise
  2. pp. 37-76
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  1. Chapter 3. Poetic Sequences in the Kagerō Diary
  2. pp. 77-115
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  1. Chapter 4. The Tale of Genji: "Two Cranes Flying Wing to Wing"
  2. pp. 116-162
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  1. Chapter 5. The Uji Chapters: "Maidens of the Bridge"
  2. pp. 163-187
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 188-192
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 193-205
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 207-211
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 213-219
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780824861285
Related ISBN
9780824830205
MARC Record
OCLC
256639813
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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