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Perfumed Sleeves and Tangled Hair: Body, Woman, and Desire in Medieval Japanese Narratives

Kim Mc Nelly
2019 Japanese Language and Literature  
144 the broad utility of ecocriticism as an intellectual approach and to encourage authors to search for the Japanese elements of global ecocriticism theory. Ecocriticism in Japan is not a readily accessible book. It is strongly theoretical in nature, and it is written with a highly specialized audience in mind. Beyond the strong conceptual elements, the volume offers detailed analysis of a wide-range of literature and artistic productions. The authors clearly understand Japan well and bring a
more » ... n well and bring a great number of critical insights to the conversation. For authors outside of literacy criticism and ecocriticism, the book does an excellent job of demonstrating the challenges and benefits of evaluating an international conceptual field from a national perspective. From the outset, the editors sought to determine the Japanese contribution to a vital global field, to understand if there is an emerging subfield of Japanese ecocriticism, and to ascertain the degree to which ecocriticism elucidates the essence of Japanese cultural, values and relationship with nature. This is an ambitious agenda, one that Ecocriticism in Japan tackles with verve and real energy. While far from the final word on a topic of likely growing importance, the book is an excellent start to the conversation.
doi:10.5195/jll.2019.52 fatcat:b5rimhdymje4lfhp773mgkms3q