World of the Shining Prince Court Life in Ancient Japan

ISBN-10: 0345803906

ISBN-13: 9780345803900

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Authors: Ivan Morris
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Description: Ivan Morris’s definitive and widely acclaimed portrait of the ceremonious and melancholy world of ancient Japan.Using The Tale of Genji and other major literary works from Japan’s Heian period as a frame of reference, The World of the Shining Prince recreates an era when women set the cultural tone. Focusing on the world of the emperor’s court—a world deeply admired by Virginia Woolf, among others—renowned scholar of Japanese history and literature Ivan Morris explores the politics, society, religious life, and superstitions of the period.Offering readers detailed portrayals of the daily lives of courtiers, the cult of beauty they espoused, and the intricate relations between the men and women of the age, The World of the Shining Prince has been a cornerstone text on ancient Japan for half a century.

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Book details

List price: $18.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/21/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

Introduction
Preface
Introduction by the Author
The Heian Period
The Setting
Politics and Society
The Emperors
The Fujiwaras
Society
Administration
Economy
Provincials and the Lesser Breeds
Religions
Superstitions
The 'Good People' and their Lives
The Cult of Beauty
The Women of Heian and their Relations with Men
Murasaki Shikibu
Aspects of 'the tale of genji'
Appendixes
Periods of Far Eastern History, and Rulers in Japan during the Heian Period
A Note on the Tenth Century
Is The Tale of Genji Complete?
Genealogical Tables
Murasaki on the Art of Fiction
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
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