The Aesthetics of Discontent: Politics and Reclusion in Medieval Japanese Literature


In contrast to both Japanese "nativist" interpretations and Western "aesthetic" readings, Marra highlights the existence of political discontent in the authors of the "high tradition" of medieval Japan and explains the ways they express their social dissatisfactio n in literary texts whose original purpose, she reveals, was far from mere entertainment. Paper edition (unseen), $14.95. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Honolulu
Publication year:
  • 1991


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