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Ambiguous BodiesReading the Grotesque in Japanese Setsuwa Tales$
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Michelle Osterfeld Li

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804759755

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804759755.001.0001

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Setsuwa and the Grotesque

Setsuwa and the Grotesque

(p.14) Chapter 1 Setsuwa and the Grotesque
Ambiguous Bodies
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This chapter examines the history of the concepts of the grotesque and setsuwa, suggesting that they developed separately, but that many aspects of grotesque theory are relevant to setsuwa. It discusses the relevant views of Mikhail Bakhtin in his Rabelais and His World and highlights the diversity of the narratives of the setsuwa. The chapter also mentions that the most prominent feature of groups of narratives and the idiosyncrasies of individual setsuwa tales is a single beast comprised of heterogeneous parts.

Keywords:   grotesque, setsuwa, Mikhail Bakhtin, Rabelais, narratives, beast

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