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Eccentric Spaces, Hidden Histories: Narrative, Ritual, and Royal Authority from The Chronicles of Japan to The Tale of the Heike

David T. Bialock


After The Tale of Genji (c.1000), the greatest work of classical Japanese literature is the historical narrative The Tale of the Heike (13th–14th centuries). In addition to opening up fresh perspectives on the Heike narratives, this study draws attention to a range of problems centered on the interrelationship between narrative, ritual space, and Japan's changing views of China as they bear on depictions of the emperor's authority, warriors, and marginal population going all the way back to the Nara period. By situating the Heike in this long temporal framework, the author sheds light on a hid ... More

Keywords: Tale of Genji, classical Japanese literature, Heike, narrative, ritual space, Japan, China, warriors, Nara period, royal authority

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780804751582
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804751582.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David T. Bialock, author