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Author: Maram Epstein

local request for canonization took an unequivocally negative view of any filial sacrifices that endangered life: In serving parents and in living together, a son should maximize his respect; in caring for them, he should maximize their happiness; when they are ill, he should be strict in preparing

In: Orthodox Passions
Author: Edith Sarra

will to prosperity of particular sublineages, a theme clearly seen in the sustained attention to relations between the living and the dead. The first two relationship types—between men and women and between generations—concern interlocking issues of gender relations and stage of life within specific

In: Unreal Houses
Author: Maram Epstein

stylistic and thematic trends being popularized in commercial fiction. One of the themes that was becoming prominent in fiction produced during and after the Qianlong period was the foregrounding of father-daughter relationships. The Scholars , a novel not typically considered to be about family life

In: Orthodox Passions
Author: Maram Epstein

story is the contrast between a false economy of human relationships based on a market metaphor and authentic relations based on love. The main narrative begins with a wealthy farmer, Yin Hou 尹厚, whose life is happy in all respects except that he lacks an heir. He builds a tower next to his house, and

In: Orthodox Passions
Author: Maram Epstein

rites is the elaborate system of mourning, one of the central meanings of xiao . Even though traditional thinkers understood mourning rites as a socially legible means of channeling and expressing deep and complex emotions in ways that gave honor to both the deceased and the living, the epistemological

In: Orthodox Passions
Author: Diane Wei Lewis

realism commensurate with the audience’s real-life experiences. Kozono asked, what kinds of films should we make in order to cater to today’s audience? … our eyes and our ears have come to know calamity that surpasses the theater of the past…. Even though we would like to make serious works with a

In: Powers of the Real
Author: Edith Sarra

celebrating the living. 54 Kaoru and the Dead Ghosts seldom float free in the ether. To be a ghost in the world the Genji evokes is to be tied to a specific place where wishes that came to nothing in life continue to exert the power to derange the spirit. Kaoru’s hauntedness expresses itself spatially

In: Unreal Houses

chronicler,” she ends up speaking confidently for a fellow female author, despite obvious limitations in her knowledge. In disavowing historical purport, Woolf circumscribes Genji ’s range to the appreciation of the finer, subtler details of elegant court life. This romanticized characterization is still

In: Flowering Tales

relationship between the dead and the living. Such uncertainties lay at the foundation of Akazome’s poem, which ties remembrance with cultural production. Michinaga at least bequeathed this magnificent site for grappling with his legacy. But what about those who left barely a trace? This temple is not the

In: Flowering Tales
Author: Poul Andersen

’s “reveries of a solitary walker”—to use the phrase that formed the title of his last, unfinished work—refers to the unpredictable experiences of someone living in solitude, the inner practices of a Daoist high priest as he performs communal ritual are meticulously prescribed in his “secret manuals.” They

In: The Paradox of Being