Rulers, Peasants and the Use of the Written Word in Medieval Japan

Ategawa no sho 1004-1304
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Contents: Orality and literacy in the Medieval Period - The History of Ategawa no sho - Representing Land and Creating a Written Tradition: The Goshuin engi of Koyasan - Documentary Proof and Oral Testimony: The Litigation of 1275 to 1276 - Peasants Vocalising Resistance: The Katakana Petition of 1275.
This book provides new insights into the creation and use of written texts in medieval Japan. Drawing upon lawsuits from Ategawa no sho in central Japan between the early eleventh and early fourteenth centuries, the author analyses the use of writing by various social groups - temple priests, warriors and peasants. Though these social groups had different levels of literacy and accordingly followed different communicative traditions, their use of writing had common features. In the semi-literate society of medieval Japan the dissemination and reception of written texts took place primarily through speaking and hearing. Documents of the medieval period therefore had a distinctly oral characteristic. Priests, warriors and peasants all alluded to motifs in their legal pleas that were in essence given by the oral world of tales, legends and gossip. By showing that literacy was not in conflict but interacted with orality, the author uncovers an important aspect of the use of the written word in medieval Japan.
Autor: Judith Fröhlich
The Author: Judith Fröhlich was born in 1973. She studied History, Japanese and History of Art at Zurich University. In 1999 she graduated with a master thesis on the social and economic history of medieval Japan. In 2004 she completed her Ph.D. thesis on which this book is based. Her current research is about national identity and the perception of the West in nineteenth-century Japan.

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Autor: Judith Fröhlich
ISBN-13 :: 9783039111947
ISBN: 3039111949
Erscheinungsjahr: 06.07.2007
Verlag: Lang, Peter
Gewicht: 454g
Seiten: 223
Sprache: Englisch
Sonstiges: Buch, 228x161x20 mm, Illustrations, maps
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