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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


378 pages

6 x 9 inches

Harvard University Asia Center > Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series

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  • Introduction
  • 1. Allegory, Symbol, and Allegoresis
    • Brief Definitions of Allegory and Symbol
    • The Medieval Understanding of Language
    • Allegorical Interpretation
    • Triggers for Interpretation
  • 2. Allegory and Allegoresis in Premodern Japanese Literature
    • Political Allegory and Allegoresis
    • Religious Allegory and Allegoresis
    • Three Forms of Allegoresis in Kamakura Commentaries
  • 3. The Commentary Tradition
    • The Development of a Commentary Tradition
    • A Brief Outline of Tameaki’s Commentaries
    • The Muromachi Response
  • 4. Textual Triggers
    • The Kokin waka shu and Its Preface
    • The Ise monogatari Text
    • Narihira as the Man of Old
    • Triggers for Interpretation in Ise monogatari
    • Heian and Kamakura Readers’ Interpretive Principles
  • 5. Extratextual Triggers
    • The Development of the Rokujo as a Poetry Family
    • The Mikohidari Attitude Toward the Development of the Master-Disciple System
    • The Teika Forgeries
  • 6. Fujiwara no Tameaki and the Kamakura Commentaries
    • Tameaki’s Poetic Affiliations
    • Tameaki and the Rokujo and Ietaka Factions
    • Tameaki’s Audience
  • 7. Basic Religious Concepts Underlying Tameakis Commentaries
    • “Wild Words and Ornate Phrases”: The Sin of Poetry
    • Expedient Means and the Lotus Sutra
    • Nondualism, Waka as Dharani, and Poets as Bodhisattvas
    • Honji suijaku
    • The Magical Efficacy of Language and Early Uses of Paronomasia
    • Paronomasia in Medieval Japanese Taoism
    • Paronomasia and the Chroniclers of Mount Hiei
    • The Culture of Secret Transmission in Medieval Japan
    • Shingon Tachikawa
    • Ryobu Shinto
  • 8. Problems of Authority
    • The Development of the Waka Kanjo Ceremony
    • Esoteric Buddhist Initiation Ceremonies and the Waka Kanjo
    • Tameaki and the Imperial Enthronement Kanjo
    • Authoritative Sources for the Commentaries
    • An Etiology for Tameaki’s Commentaries
    • Sumiyoshi Daimyojin as the Deity of Waka Poetry
    • Tamatsushima Myojin as the Female Deity of Waka Poetry
    • Narihira as Okina
    • Narihira’s Esoteric Education
  • 9. Tameaki-Affiliated Commentaries (Part I)
    • Waka chiken shu
    • Kokin waka shu jo kikigaki
  • 10. Tameaki-Affiliated Commentaries (Part II)
    • Gyokuden jinpi no maki
    • The Elusive “Gyokuden” and “Akone no ura kuden”
    • Waka Kokin kanjo no maki
  • 11. Reizei and Nijo Commentaries After Tameaki
    • The Development of Historical Allegoresis
    • The Reizei School Ise monogatari sho
    • An Analysis of Content
    • Ise monogatari zuino
    • Conflating the Paths of Poetry and Eroticism
    • Internalization of Kami and Buddhas
  • Conclusion
  • Reference Matter
  • Bibliography
  • Works in Japanese
  • Works in English
  • References to “Ise monogatari” Episodes
  • Index of First Lines
  • Index of Subjects

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