New PDF release: Ambiguous Bodies: Reading the Grotesque in Japanese

By Michelle Osterfeld Li

Ambiguous Bodies attracts from theories of the ugly to ascertain a number of the unusual and notable creatures and phenomena within the premodern jap stories referred to as setsuwa. ugly representations mostly more often than not direct our realization to unfinished and unrefined issues; they're marked by way of an earthy experience of the physique and an curiosity within the actual. simply because they've got many meanings, they could either maintain and undermine authority. This ebook goals to make feel of ugly representations in setsuwa--animated indifferent physique elements, strange sexual encounters, demons and shape-shifting or differently wondrous animals—and, in a broader experience, to teach what this kind of serious concentration can exhibit concerning the mentality of jap humans within the historical, classical, and early medieval classes. it's the first examine to put eastern stories of this nature, that have got little severe cognizance in English, inside of a worldly theoretical framework. Li masterfully and conscientiously specializes in those interesting stories within the context of the historic classes during which they have been created and compiled.

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