Heian Japan: Centers and Peripheries (Google eBook)

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Mikael S. Adolphson, Edward Kamens, Stacie Matsumoto
University of Hawaii Press, 2007 - Art - 450 pages
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The first three centuries of the Heian period (794-1086) saw some of its most fertile innovations and epochal achievements in Japanese literature and the arts. It was also a rime of important transitions in the spheres of religion and politics, as aristocratic authority was consolidated in Kyoto, powerful court factions and religious institutions emerged, and adjustments were made in the Chinese-style system of rulership. At the same time, the era's leaders faced serious challenges from the provinces that called into question the primacy and efficiency of the governmental system and tested the social/cultural status quo. Heian Japan, Centers and Peripheries, the first book of its kind to examine the early Heian from a wide variety of multidisciplinary perspectives, offers a fresh look at these seemingly contradictory trends. Essays by fourteen leading American, European, and Japanese scholars of art history, history, literature, and religions take up core texts and iconic images, cultural achievements and social crises, and the ever-fascinating patterns and puzzles of the time. The authors tackle some of Heian Japan's most enduring paradigms as well as hitherto unexplored problems in search of new ways of understanding the currents of change as well as the processes of institutionalization that shaped the Heian scene, defined the contours of its legacies, and make it one of the most intensely studied periods of the Japanese past.
  

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Contents

Between and Beyond Centers and Peripheries
1
From Female Sovereign to Mother of the Nation Women and Government in the Heian Period
15
Court and Provinces under Regent Fujiwara no Tadahira
35
Kugyo and Zuryo Center and Periphery in the Era of Fujiwara no Michinaga
66
The Way of the Literati Chinese Learning and Literary Practice in MidHeian Japan
105
Terrains of Text in MidHeian Court Culture
129
The Buddhist Transformation of Japan in the Ninth Century The Case of ElevenHeaded Kannon
153
Scholasticism Exegesis and Ritual Practice On Renovation in the History of Buddhist Writing in the Early Heian Period
179
Famine Climate and Farming in Japan 6701100
275
Life of Commoners in the Provinces The Owari no gebumi of 988
305
Lordship Interdicted Taira no Tadatsune and the Limited Horizons of Warrior Ambition
329
Crossborder Traffic on the Kyushu Coast 7941086
357
Jojins Travels from Center to Center with Some Periphery in between
384
References
415
GlossaryIndex
439
Contributors
449

Institutional Diversity and Religious Integration The Establishment of Temple Networks in the Heian Age
212
The Archeology of Anxiety An Underground History of Heian Religion
245

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