A proximate remove : queering intimacy and loss in The tale of Genji / Reginald Jackson.

Jackson, Reginald R., 1979- [Browse]
Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2021]
xxii, 223 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.


Murasaki Shikibu, 978?-Genji monogatariCriticism and interpretation [Browse]
  • Joan Palevsky imprint in classical literature [More in this series]
  • New interventions in Japanese studies
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"How might queer theory transform our interpretations of medieval Japanese literature and how might this literature reorient the assumptions, priorities, and critical practices of queer theory? Through close readings of The Tale of Genji, an eleventh century text that depicts the lifestyles of aristocrats during the Heian period, A Proximate Remove explores this question by mapping the destabilizing aesthetic, affective, and phenomenological dimensions of experiencing intimacy and loss. The spatiotemporal fissures Reginald Jackson calls 'proximate removes' suspend belief in prevailing structures. Beyond issues of sexuality, A Proximate Remove contends that Genji queers in its reluctance to romanticize or reproduce a flawed social order. This hesitation enhances how we engage premodern texts and question contemporary disciplinary stances"-- Provided by publisher.
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Preface : benefits of the doubt : questioning discipline and the risks of queer reading -- Introduction -- Translation fantasies and false flags : desiring and misreading queerness in premodern Japan -- Chivalry in shambles : fabricating manhood amidst architectural disrepair -- Going through the motions : half-hearted courtship and the topology of queer shame -- Queer affections in exile : textual mediation and exposure at Suma Shore -- From harsh stare to reverberant caress : queer timbres of mourning in "The Flute" -- Conclusion : learning from loss -- Afterword : teaching removal.
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