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Writing and Renunciation in Medieval Japan: The Works of the Poet-Priest Kamo No Chomei

Pandey, Rajyashree

ISBN 10: 0939512866 / ISBN 13: 9780939512867
Published by Univ of Michigan Center for, 1998
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Title: Writing and Renunciation in Medieval Japan: ...

Publisher: Univ of Michigan Center for

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:As New

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This is the first monograph-length study in English of Kamo no Chomei, one of the most important literary figures of medieval Japan. Drawing upon a wide range of writings in a variety of genres from the Heian and Kamakura periods, Pandey shows how the terms kyogen kigo (wild words and fancy phrases), shoji soku nehan (samsara is nirvana), hoben (expedient means), and suki (single-minded devotion to an art) were deployed by writers in an attempt to reconcile literary and artistic activities with a commitment to Buddhism. By locating Chomei within this broad context, the book offers an original reading of his texts, while at the same time casting light upon intellectual preoccupations that were central to the times.

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