Michelle Osterfeld Li's Ambiguous Bodies: Reading the Grotesque in Japanese PDF

By Michelle Osterfeld Li

Ambiguous Bodies attracts from theories of the ugly to envision a number of the unusual and awesome creatures and phenomena within the premodern eastern stories referred to as setsuwa. ugly representations ordinarily commonly direct our cognizance to unfinished and unrefined issues; they're marked by means 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 publication goals to make feel of gruesome representations in setsuwa--animated indifferent physique elements, strange sexual encounters, demons and shape-shifting or differently wondrous animals—and, in a broader feel, to teach what this sort of severe concentration can demonstrate concerning the mentality of eastern humans within the old, classical, and early medieval classes. it's the first examine to put eastern stories of this nature, that have obtained little serious awareness in English, inside of a worldly theoretical framework. Li masterfully and conscientiously makes a speciality of those attention-grabbing stories within the context of the old sessions within which they have been created and compiled.

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