Power Play in Heian Japan: Sei Shonagon's Makura no sashi

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Power Play in Heian Japan: Sei Shonagon's Makura no sashi

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dc.contributor.advisor Glassman, Hank
dc.contributor.author Barndt, Jillian
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-22T20:08:43Z
dc.date.available 2010-06-22T20:08:43Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10066/4709
dc.description.abstract Within the Heian period, nikki bungaku, diary literature, began to be produced in great numbers. Written by female members of the court, the prime purpose of nikki was their use as a form of political power. As there was a known audience prior to the writing of nikki, authors would highlight their friends and families within the text, in order for them to receive more prominence within the court. Sei Shonagon's Makura no sashi is one such text, which she used to highlight her patroness, the Empress Sadako, who had fallen into disgrace in the late-tenth century. Sei's use of power within her text is compared to Murasaki Shikibu's Murasaki shikibu nikki, produced in the beginning of the tenth-century, but focusing on the birth of Fujiwara no Michinaga's grandchild. Despite the differences in these two texts, the main purpose, to promote others, remains strong.
dc.description.sponsorship Bi-College (Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges). Dept. of East Asian Studies en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
dc.subject.lcsh Power (Social sciences) -- Japan -- History
dc.subject.lcsh Japanese literature -- Heian period, 794-1185 -- History and criticism
dc.subject.lcsh Sei Shōnagon, b. ca. 967. Makura no sōshi
dc.subject.lcsh Sei Shōnagon, b. ca. 967 -- Criticism and interpretation
dc.title Power Play in Heian Japan: Sei Shonagon's Makura no sashi en
dc.type Thesis (B.A.) en


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