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Harvard East Asian Monographs 427

Flowering Tales

Women Exorcising History in Heian Japan

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$65.00 • £52.95 • €58.50

ISBN 9780674244405

Publication Date: 01/07/2020


324 pages

6 x 9 inches

5 photos, 16 illus.

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  • List of Figures*
  • Acknowledgments
  • Note to the Reader
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • 1. The Genealogy of Eiga monogatari
  • 2. The Buried Mothers of the Middle Regent’s House
  • 3. The Other Empress: Seishi and the Figural Genealogy
  • 4. Fathers and Daughters as Spirit Possessions
  • 5. The Sequel: Matching Change with Continuity
  • Epilogue: The Sacred Mirror
  • Glossary of Personages and Their Genealogies by Chapter**
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • * Figures
    • 1. Byōdōin (completed 1052), with Amida reflected in the water
    • 2. The three sons of Kaneie
    • 3. Fukiji Ōdō (main hall), twelfth century, Ōita prefecture
    • 4. The Koichijō line and Sanesuke
    • 5. The four princes: Atsuyasu, Atsuhira, Atsuakira, Atsunaga
    • 6. Tōshi and Michimasa
    • 7. Toribeno, the largest cemetery in Heian-kyō, as depicted in the Gaki zōshi (Illustrated Scroll of Hungry Ghosts, twelfth century)
    • 8. Anshi and Sukehime
    • 9. Akimitsu and his daughters
    • 10. Some of Michinaga’s children
    • 11. Kenshi (Kiyoko) and Kishi (Yoshiko)
    • 12. Yorimichi’s adopted children
    • 13. Princesses Teishi and Zenshi
    • 14. The Fujiwara succession
    • 15. A musical performance on boats before the emperor at the Kayanoin, from the Koma kurabe gyōkō emaki (The Imperial Procession and Horse Races, early fourteenth century)
    • 16. The bustle as the crown prince arrives at the Kayanoin, from the Koma kurabe gyōkō emaki (The Imperial Procession and Horse Races, early fourteenth century)
  • ** Six additional genealogical charts are included in the glossary as follows:
    • Emperor Ichijō’s consorts and their fathers
    • The imperial succession from Murakami to Go-Suzaku
    • The descendants of Fujiwara no Tadahira
    • Motokata and Michinaga
    • Akimitsu and Michinaga
    • The imperial line from Ichijō to Shirakawa

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