The Riverside Counselor's Stories: Vernacular Fiction of Late Heian Japan

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Stanford University Press, 1985 - Literary Criticism - 234 pages
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A new translation of the Tsutsumi Chu-nagon Monogatari. Nine of these ten short stories were written in the 11th and 12th centuries, presumably by women of Japan's court aristocracy. Like Lady Murasaki's The Tale of Genji, which predates them, several short narratives pursue romantic entanglements of Heian courtiers. But unlike Murasaki's classic, some of the stories satirize male characters cast in the Genji mold, and others ridicule social convention.
 

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Contents

Introduction xili
1
Apropos of This
23
The Lady Who Admired Vermin
41
Courtship at Different Levels
71
The Provisional Middle Counselor
87
The ShellMatching Contest III
111
The Lieutenants Who Lodged
129
The Flower Ladies
151
Lampblack
185
Folderol
207
Bibliography
231
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