By Michelle Osterfeld Li

Ambiguous Bodies attracts from theories of the gruesome to ascertain some of the unusual and impressive creatures and phenomena within the premodern eastern stories known as setsuwa. gruesome representations usually ordinarily direct our realization to unfinished and unrefined issues; they're marked via an earthy experience of the physique and an curiosity within the actual. simply because they've got many meanings, they could either maintain and undermine authority. This publication goals to make feel of gruesome representations in setsuwa--animated indifferent physique elements, strange sexual encounters, demons and shape-shifting or another way wondrous animals—and, in a broader experience, to teach what this sort of severe concentration can demonstrate concerning the mentality of jap humans within the historical, classical, and early medieval sessions. it's the first examine to put eastern stories of this nature, that have obtained little serious realization in English, inside a cosmopolitan theoretical framework. Li masterfully and conscientiously makes a speciality of those attention-grabbing stories within the context of the ancient sessions during which they have been created and compiled.

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