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Book Announcement: The Sarashina Diary: A Woman’s Life in Eleventh-Century Japan—Reader’s Edition

The Sarashina Diary A Woman’s Life in Eleventh-Century Japan (Reader’s Edition) Sugawara no Takasue no Musume. Translated, with an introduction, by Sonja Arntzen and Moriyuki Itō Columbia University Press https://cup.columbia.edu/book/the-sarashina-diary/9780231186773 A thousand years ago, a young Japanese girl embarked on … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Chinese Literary Forms in Heian Japan: Poetics and Practice

Chinese Literary Forms in Heian Japan: Poetics and Practice Brian Steininger Written Chinese served as a prestigious, cosmopolitan script across medieval East Asia, from as far west as the Tarim Basin to the eastern kingdom of Heian period Japan (794–1185). … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Imagining Exile in Heian Japan: banishment in law, literature, and cult

For over three hundred years during the Heian period (794–1185), execution was customarily abolished in favor of banishment. During the same period, exile emerged widely as a concern within literature and legend, in poetry and diaries, and in the cultic … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Optical Allusions: Screens, Paintings, and Poetry in Classical Japan (ca. 800-1200)

In Optical Allusions: Screens, Paintings, and Poetry in Classical Japan (ca. 800-1200), Joseph T. Sorensen illustrates how, on both the theoretical and the practical level, painted screens and other visual art objects helped define some of the essential characteristics of Japanese … Continue reading

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