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The Pillow Book

Author : Sei Shonagon
ISBN : 9780486834436
Genre : History
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In the tenth century, Japan was both physically and culturally isolated from the rest of the world. The Pillow Book recaptures this lost world with the diary of a young court lady. Sei Shōnagon was a contemporary of Murasaki Shikibu, who wrote the well-known novel The Tale of Genji. Unlike the latter's fictionalized view of the Heian-era court, Shōnagon's journal provides a lively miscellany of anecdotes, observations, and gossip, intended to be read in juicy bits and pieces. This unique volume was first rendered into English in 1889. In 1928, Arthur Waley, a seminal figure in the Western studies of Japanese culture, undertook a translation. The distinguished scholar devised this abridged version of the text, re-creating in English the stylistic beauty of its prose and the vitality of its narrative. Waley's interpretation offers a fascinating glimpse of the artistic pursuits of the royal court and its constant round of rituals, festivals, and ceremonies.
Category: History

Unbinding The Pillow Book

Author : Gergana Ivanova
ISBN : 9780231547604
Genre : Literary Criticism
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An eleventh-century classic, The Pillow Book of Sei Shōnagon 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, Gergana 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 shaped interactions among its different versions. Ivanova examines how and why The Pillow Book has been read over the centuries, placing it in the multiple contexts in which it has been rewritten, including women’s education, literary scholarship, popular culture, “pleasure quarters,” and the formation of the modern nation-state. Drawing on scholarly commentaries, erotic parodies, instruction manuals for women, high school textbooks, and comic books, she considers its outsized role in ideas about Japanese women writers. Ultimately, Ivanova argues for engaging the work’s plurality in order to achieve a clearer understanding of The Pillow Book and the importance it has held for generations of readers, rather than limiting it to a definitive version or singular meaning. The first book-length study in English of the reception history of Sei Shōnagon, Unbinding The Pillow Book sheds new light on the construction of gender and sexuality, how women’s writing has been used to create readerships, and why ancient texts continue to play vibrant roles in contemporary cultural production.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Pillow Book

Author : Peter Greenaway
ISBN : UOM:39015047061661
Genre : Performing Arts
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Script of Greenaway's 1995 film, The pillow book, which was made as an homage to the 10th century story by Sei Shōnagon entitled Makura no sōshi, on which it is loosely based.
Category: Performing Arts

The Pillow Book Of Sei Sh Nagon

Author : Sei Shōnagon
ISBN : 0231073372
Genre : Literary Collections
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The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon is an immensely detailed account of court life in eleventh-century Japan. Written at the height of Heian culture, it is a classic text of great literary beauty, full of lively anecdotes, humorous observations, and subtle impressions. Sei Shonagon was a contemporary and erstwhile rival of Lady Murasaki, whose novel, The Tale of Genji, fictionalized the court life that Lady Shonagon captures so vividly in her diary. The Pillow Book contains her reflections on royal and religious ceremonies, nature, pilgrimage, conversation, and poetry. Lady Shonagon shares character sketches and the things she both loves and loathes. Her style is so eloquent, her wit so sharp, even the briefest fragments enchant us. There is no better introduction to the daily preoccupations of the Heian upper class, and Ivan Morris's notes and contextualization enrich the material for scholars and general readers.
Category: Literary Collections

The Pillow Book

Author : Maureen Burgess
ISBN : 0448117002
Genre : Pillows
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This Is All

Author : Aidan Chambers
ISBN : 9780099417767
Genre : Pregnant women
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Subtitled THE PILLOW BOOK OF CORDELIA KENN this is the story of Cordelia from the time she is 15 until she is 20. She is pregnant and plans to give this account to her daughter on her 16th birthday so that they can share their youth together. She chooses the old and famous Japanese book THE PILLOW BOOK by Sei Shonagon as a model in order to include all kinds of things she has already written as well as the episodes and thoughts she has now as she compiles her book.She tells of her mother (who died when Cordelia was 5) of her father and her aunt Doris (who marry when she is 16), of her love for William Blacklin, the boy with whom she chooses to have her first sex - and with whom she falls deeply in love. She writes about Julie Martin her teacher who helps her spiritually, describes her love affair with an older married man and her terrifying sexual experience with an unbalanced young man who is obsessed with her. The book includes thoughts on being a women, on poetry, music, reading and writing, on being pregnant and finally of her marriage to William.THIS IS ALL is an anthology, written in six 'books' of Cordelia`s adolescent life, by turns funny, poignant, sad, exciting,fascinating ironic and truthful about topics that parents often do not tell their children.It is a richly entertaining and challenging read.
Category: Pregnant women

The Pillow Book Of Lady Wisteria

Author : Laura Joh Rowland
ISBN : 1429908467
Genre : Fiction
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In The Pillow Book of Lady Wisteria, Laura Joh Rowland once again has written a book in which "an exotic setting, seventeenth-century Japan, and a splendid mystery...make for grand entertainment" (New York Daily News). In the carefully ordered world of seventeenth-century Japan, the Yoshiwara pleasure quarter is a place where men of all classes can drink, revel, and enjoy the favors of beautiful courtesans. But on a cold winter's dawn, Sano Ichiro--the shogun's Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations, and People--must visit Yoshiwara on a most unpleasant mission. Within a house of assignation reserved for the wealthiest, most prominent men, a terrible murder has occurred. In a room that reeks of liquor and sex, the shogun's cousin and heir, Lord Mitsuyoshi, lies dead, a flowered hairpin embedded in his eye, in the bed of the famous courtesan, Lady Wisteria. The shogun demands quick justice, but Sano's path is blocked by many obstacles, including the disappearance of Wisteria and her pillow book, a diary that may contain clues. The politics of court life, the whims of the shogun, and interference by his long time rival, Edo's Chief Police Commissioner Hoshina, also hinder Sano in his search for the killer. Sano's wife, Lady Reiko, is eager to help him, but he fears what she may uncover. When suspicion of murder falls upon Sano himself, he must find the real murderer to solve the case and clear his name.
Category: Fiction

The Pillow Book Of The Flower Samurai

Author : Barbara Lazar
ISBN : 9780755389278
Genre : Fiction
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I am Kozaisho: Fifth daughter, Woman-For-Play, teller of stories, lover, wife and Flower Samurai. In the rich, dazzling, brutal world of twelfth century Japan, one young girl begins her epic journey, from the warmth of family to the Village of Outcasts. Marked out by an auspicious omen, she is trained in the ancient warrior arts of the samurai. But it is through the power of storytelling that she learns to fight her fate, twisting her life onto a path even she could not have imagined...
Category: Fiction

The Pillow Book

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ISBN : OCLC:1179401678
Genre : Erotic films
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Category: Erotic films

The Pillow Book Of Lady Kasa

Author : Barrie Sherwood
ISBN : 0919688667
Genre : Fiction
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Here is the diary of a court lady of Japan from the golden age of Nara, over a thousand years ago. The Naran age, characterised by hierarchy, rigid adherence to tradition and the performance of ritual, was a sophisticated urban society as different from ours as can be imagined. But what is The Pillow Book of Lady Kasa? Is it a legitimate historical document or a flight of invention by a melancholy archaeologist, fatally infected by his own sad past? Either way, The Pillow Book of Lady Kasa strays painfully, touchingly close to the source of its own artifice. In his first novel, Barrie Sherwood weaves a lyrical mystery of two times, making a history that is transformed by fiction but which is no less real for the invention.
Category: Fiction

Pillow Book Of Sei Shonagon

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ISBN : 9781462900886
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Japan in the 10th century stood physically and culturally isolated from the rest of the world. Inside this bubble, a subtle and beautiful world was in operation, and its inhabitants were tied to the moment, having no interest in the future and disdain for the past. The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon was a product of a tenth century courtier's experiences in the palace of Empress Teishi. A common custom of the time period, courtiers used to keep notes or a diary in a wooden pillow with a drawer. This "pillow book" reflects the confident aesthetic judgments of Shonagon and her ability to create prose that crossed into the realm of the poetic. The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon is one of the earliest examples of diary literature whose passages chronicle the events of the court calendar, the ceremonies and celebrations specific to Teishi's court, and the vignettes that provide brilliantly drawn glimpses into the manners and foibles of the aristocracy. A contemporary of Murasaki Shikibu, the author of The Tale of Genji, this small diary brings an added dimension to Murasaki's timeless and seminal work. Arthur Waley's elegant translation of The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon captures the beauty of its prose and the vitality of Shonagon's narrative voice, as well as her quirky personality traits. In a place and time where poetry was as important as knowledge and beauty was highly revered, Sei Shonagon's private writings give the reader a charming and intimate glimpse into a time of isolated innocence and pale beauty.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Pillow Book Of Sei Sh Nagon

Author : Sei Shōnagon
ISBN : UOM:39015002140310
Genre : Japan
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This is a book of observations and musings recorded by Sei Shōnagon during her time as court lady to Empress Consort Teishi in 990s and early 11th century in Heian, Japan. The book was completed in the year 1002. In it she included lists of personal thoughts, court events, poetry and opinions on her contemporaries.
Category: Japan

The Pillow Book

Author : Shannon Okey
ISBN : 081186085X
Genre : Crafts & Hobbies
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Demonstrates how to transform a room with fresh, colorful cushions and pillows, in a creative guidebook that features more than twenty-five patterns for stylish pillows for every room in the house, from easy-to-make throw pillows, shams, and bolsters, to more intricate bench pads, ottomans, and oversized floor cushions. 12,900 first printing.
Category: Crafts & Hobbies

The Pillow Book Of Dr Jazz

Author : Trevor Carolan
ISBN : 1894800796
Genre : Asia
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The Pillowbook of Doctor Jazz is autobiographical fiction in the tradition of Jack Kerouac: on the road in the Golden Triangle of Southeast Asia. Recalling the Japanese Pillowbook of Sei Shonogan, Dr. Jazz records the sights and sounds of his journeys, in the ironic voice of a traveller at end of day.
Category: Asia

Worlding Sei Sh Nagon

Author : Valerie Henitiuk
ISBN : 9780776619798
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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The Makura no Sôshi, or The Pillow Book as it is generally known in English, is a collection of personal reflections and anecdotes about life in the Japanese royal court composed around the turn of the eleventh century by a woman known as Sei Shônagon. Its opening section, which begins haru wa akebono, or “spring, dawn,” is arguably the single most famous passage in Japanese literature. Throughout its long life, The Pillow Book has been translated countless times. It has captured the European imagination with its lyrical style, compelling images and the striking personal voice of its author. Worlding Sei Shônagon guides the reader through the remarkable translation history of The Pillow Book in the West, gathering almost fifty translations of the “spring, dawn” passage, which span one-hundred-and-thirty-five years and sixteen languages. Many of the translations are made readily available for the first time in this study. The versions collected in Worlding Sei Shônagon are an enlightening example of the many ways in which translations can differ from their source text, undermining the idea of translation as the straightforward transfer of meaning from one language to another, one culture to another. By tracing the often convoluted trajectory through which a once wholly foreign literary work becomes domesticated—or resists domestication—this compilation also exposes the various historical, ideological or other forces that inevitably shape our experience of literature, for better or for worse.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Charlotte Webb S Pillow Book

Author : Charlotte Webb
ISBN : 9781898998907
Genre : Fiction
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This Pillow Book brings a feast of erotic delicacies varied enough to tempt even the most jaded of palates. With more than 300 pages of provocative and arousing photography, art and fiction this is quite simply a treat. There is also a second appearance by the infamous Victorian heroine, Lady Pokingham, from The Scarlet Library. Also included is a never-before-seen set of superb 1940's pinup sketches from Ray Leaning. Tilt your parasol, adjut your deckchair to a rakish highball, the Pillow Book is back and it's bigger and than ever before.
Category: Fiction