Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Asian Languages & Civilizations
Laurel Rasplica Rodd
This thesis is a translation and analysis of two stories from 18th century Japanese writer and intellectual Tsuga Teisho's Shigeshige yawa. The two stories are titled: "Unkon unjo o katatsute hisashiki o chikau koto" (The Tale of Cloud Spirits Speaking of Their Clouded Feelings, and Making a Long-Term Promise) and "Nakatsugawa nyudo yamabushizuka o tsukashimuru koto" (The Tale of How the Nakatsugawa Lay Priest had the Mountain Ascetic Mound Built). In my analysis of "Nakatsugawa," I argue that the character of Jiro is used as a symbolic vengeful spirit, a substitute for the famous warrior Kusunoki Masashige. I further argue that "Nakatsugawa" displays Teisho's viewpoint of the defeat of the Southern Court after the Kenmu Restoration - namely that the Southern Court was the legitimate imperial line, but was defeated due to the loss of the Mandate of Heaven.
Foley, Alicia, "Ties of Resentment:, Drifting Clouds: Two Stories from Tsuga Teisho's Shigeshige yawa" (2011). Asian Languages & Civilizations Graduate Theses & Dissertations. 5.