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Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series 55

Allegories of Desire

Esoteric Literary Commentaries of Medieval Japan

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$42.50 • £34.95 • €38.50

ISBN 9780674009561

Publication Date: 05/30/2003

Short

378 pages

6 x 9 inches

Harvard University Asia Center > Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series

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Klein offers a meticulous explication of a group of literary commentaries of the mid-thirteenth century in Japan that adapted precepts of esoteric Shingon Buddhism…to construct ‘hidden’ meanings in canonical texts such as the Tales of Ise and the Kokinshu poetry anthology… With brilliant and disarming clarity, Klein analyzes the operation of allegorizing strategies in literary discourse and the cultural and textual triggers that bring such readings into play.—S. Arntzen, Choice

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