Women of the Rear Palace: Naishi no kami and the Fujiwara Clan

  • Author / Creator
    Barndt, Jillian R
  • The “Code for Officials of the Rear Palace” (Kōkyū shiki-in ryō) in the Yōrō Law Codes lists twelve bureaucratic offices held by women in the imperial court. The most prominent of these offices, naishi no kami (Director of the Palace Retainer’s Office) was held exclusively by women of the Fujiwara clan during the Heian period, most often by those who would later became consorts and bore the emperor’s children. This thesis explores the role and responsibilities of naishi no kami in late Heian Japan in relation to the Fujiwara clan through the examination of the “Code for Officials of the Rear Palace” itself, as well as courtier diaries and chronicles from the same period.

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  • Graduation date
    Fall 2013
  • Type of Item
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
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  • Institution
    University of Alberta
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  • Specialization
    • East Asian Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Lifshitz, Felice (Women's and Gender Studies)
    • Commons, Anne (East Asian Studies)