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A Woman's Weapon: Spirit Possession in the "Tale of Genji"

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This text presents an examination of Murasaki Shikibu's 11th-century classic "The Tale of Genji". The author explores the role of possessing spirits from a female viewpoint, and considers how the male protagonist is central to determining the role of these spirits. Relying on anthropological as well as literary evidence, the author addresses the motives of the possessed character and locates Mono no ke within the politics of Heian society, interpreting spirit possession as a female strategy adopted to counter male ...

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A Woman's Weapon: Spirit Possession in the "Tale of Genji"
1997, University of Hawai'i Press, Honolulu, HI

ISBN-13: 9780824818586

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