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<i>Locating</i> Setsuwa <i>in Performance</i>

Charlotte Eubanks

in Miracles of Book and Body

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780520265615
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947894 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520265615.003.0003
Locating Setsuwa in Performance

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This chapter discusses setsuwa as an art form that shifts between literature and performance. It tries to establish a medieval context for setsuwa texts and decouple setsuwa from the more contemporary question of national identity. The chapter also examines setsuwa in the context of its medieval performance, and expresses a sense of how monks—and sometimes nuns—sought to explain the complications of Buddhist doctrine to the public.

Keywords: setsuwa; setsuwa texts; national identity; medieval performance; Buddhist doctrine

Chapter.  15568 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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