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Gergana Ivanova (University of Cincinnati): “Unbinding The Pillow Book: The Many Lives of a Japanese Classic”
Monday, 22 April 2019,  4:30pm -  6:00pm

Location: Brower Commons A


Abstract: An eleventh-century classic,The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon is frequently paired with The Tale of Genji as one of the most important works in the Japanese canon. Yet it has also been marginalized within Japanese literature for reasons including the gender of its author, the work's complex textual history, and its thematic and stylistic depth. In Unbinding The Pillow Book, Professor Ivanova offers a reception history of The Pillow Book and its author from the seventeenth century to the present that shows how various ideologies have influenced the text and the shaped interactions among its different versions. 


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