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Eccentric Spaces, Hidden HistoriesNarrative, Ritual, and Royal Authority from The Chronicles of Japan to The Tale of the Heike$
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David T. Bialock

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780804751582

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804751582.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Eccentric Spaces, Hidden Histories
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804751582.003.0001

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is about The Tale of the Heike and its medieval world. This volume explores the yin-yang and Daoist ideas in the Nara and early Heian periods and analyzes the different aspects of ritual, space and narrative from Kojiki to the late Heian historical narrative Ōkagami. It examines the relation of The Tale of the Heike to the canon of Japanese literature, competing spatialities and narrative assemblages and attempts to reposition it in relation to this Sino-Japanese tradition.

Keywords:   The Tale of the Heike, yin-yang, Daoist ideas, Kojiki, Ōkagami, Japanese literature, Sino-Japanese tradition, Heian period, Nara period

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