Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Asian Languages & Civilizations

First Advisor

Satoko Shimazaki

Second Advisor

Laurel Rasplica Rodd

Third Advisor

Keller Kimbrough

Abstract

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.

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