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Subject/Keyword
wakan
Heian
metaphor
prefaces
preludes
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Reeves, Kristopher L
Supervisor and department
Dr. Mikael Adolphson
Dr. Anne Commons
Examining committee member and department
Dr. Mikael Adolphson (East Asian Studies)
Dr. Oleh Ilnytzkyj (MLCS)
Dr. Anne Commons (East Asian Studies)
Department
Department of East Asian Studies
Specialization
Japanese Literature
Date accepted
2013-03-25T14:04:55Z
Graduation date
2013-06
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This paper focuses on a genre of Heian literature I have called preludes (jo 序). The sort of preludes examined here are those preserved in a number of twelfth century literary anthologies—more specifically, those preludes appended to collections of poems composed during public banquets held throughout the Heian period. These banquets, attended by elite individuals, served as complex loci of political maneuvering and literary interaction. While ceaselessly reaffirming the dominant hierarchy, preludes composed for such events reveal an equally incessant desire to re-coordinate this hierarchy. Preludes present us with a cosmology in which heterogeneous forces, men of different ranks, are coordinated in a mutually provocative relationship of endless oscillation. Such oscillation and coordination is made possible in virtue of certain shared metaphorical spaces constructed through, and experienced in, the literary world of the prelude itself.
Language
English
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doi:10.7939/R31F0N
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