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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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China in the Medieval Imaginary

China in the Medieval Imaginary

(p.177) 6 China in the Medieval Imaginary
Eccentric Spaces, Hidden Histories
Stanford University Press

This chapter examines the role of China in medieval Japanese spatial imaginary. It analyzes several episodes from the The Tale of the Heike variants including those centered on Taira no Kiyomori and Taira no Shigemori that relate to the Taira's commerce with China. It suggests that exposure to or awareness of China influenced the development of the Yamato court. This chapter also considers how the Nihon shoki redirected the Japanese geographical imaginary to its own “barbarian” others and enforced the authority of its own text.

Keywords:   Japanese spatial imaginary, China, The Tale of the Heike, Taira no Kiyomori, Taira no Shigemori, Yamato court, Nihon shoki, geographical imaginary, medieval imaginary

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