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Miracles of Book and BodyBuddhist Textual Culture and Medieval Japan$
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Charlotte Eubanks

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520265615

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520265615.001.0001

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Locating Setsuwa in Performance

Locating Setsuwa in Performance

(p.62) Two Locating Setsuwa in Performance
Miracles of Book and Body

Charlotte Eubanks

University of California Press

This chapter discusses setsuwa as an art form that shifts between literature and performance. It tries to establish a medieval context for setsuwa texts and decouple setsuwa from the more contemporary question of national identity. The chapter also examines setsuwa in the context of its medieval performance, and expresses a sense of how monks—and sometimes nuns—sought to explain the complications of Buddhist doctrine to the public.

Keywords:   setsuwa, setsuwa texts, national identity, medieval performance, Buddhist doctrine

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