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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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Peripheries of Power

Peripheries of Power

Toward an Ambulatory History

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(p.143) 5 Peripheries of Power
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Eccentric Spaces, Hidden Histories
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804751582.003.0006

This chapter examines written vernacular narrative as it emerges out of and then defines itself against the dominant in Chinese. It focuses on the late Heian vernacular historical tale Ōkagami, which is interpreted both as a transmogrification and an early nomadization of court history that characterized the emergence of rule by retired sovereigns. It discusses the generic identity of vernacular narrative as it moved from the world of orality into the sphere of written discourse and reviews modern critique of phonocentricism. This chapter also considers the practical consequences of representing Japanese sounds and meanings with Chinese graphs and the relationship between authoritative versus non-authoritative discourse.

Keywords:   written vernacular narrative, Ōkagami, transmogrification, nomadization, phonocentrism, Japanese sounds, Chinese graphs

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