Ambiguous Bodies: Reading the Grotesque in Japanese by Michelle Osterfeld Li

By Michelle Osterfeld Li

Ambiguous Bodies attracts from theories of the ugly to check the various unusual and outstanding creatures and phenomena within the premodern jap stories known as setsuwa. ugly representations more often than not in most cases direct our cognizance to unfinished and unrefined issues; they're marked by way of an earthy experience of the physique and an curiosity within the actual. simply because they've got many meanings, they could either maintain and undermine authority. This ebook goals to make experience of gruesome representations in setsuwa--animated indifferent physique elements, strange sexual encounters, demons and shape-shifting or in a different way wondrous animals—and, in a broader feel, to teach what this kind of serious concentration can show concerning the mentality of jap humans within the old, classical, and early medieval classes. it's the first examine to put jap stories of this nature, that have bought little serious realization in English, inside a cosmopolitan theoretical framework. Li masterfully and carefully specializes in those attention-grabbing stories within the context of the old sessions during which they have been created and compiled.

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