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Ambiguous bodies : reading the grotesque in Japanese setsuwa tales

Author: Michelle Ilene Osterfeld Li
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, ©2009.
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Ambiguous Bodies draws from theories of the grotesque to examine many of the strange and extraordinary creatures and phenomena in the premodern Japanese tales called setsuwa. Grotesque representations in general typically direct our attention to unfinished and unrefined things; they are marked by an earthly sense of the body and an interest in the physical. Because they have many meanings, they can both sustain and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Li, Michelle Ilene Osterfeld, 1962-
Ambiguous bodies.
Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, ©2009
(OCoLC)624981860
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michelle Ilene Osterfeld Li
ISBN: 9780804759755 0804759758
OCLC Number: 263408648
Description: xiii, 319 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Setsuwa and the grotesque --
Fantastic detached body parts --
Curious sexual encounters --
Who eats whom? Flesh-eating demons and political power struggles --
The feminization of demons --
Animal spirits.
Responsibility: Michelle Osterfeld Li.

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Ambiguous Bodies: Reading the Grotesque in the Japanese Setsuwa Tales explores the world of the extraordinary and strange in Japanese setsuwa tales and the mentalities informing them in terms of  Read more...

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