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Hidden temporalities: time and intertextuality in the medieval court diary Utatane


Müller, Simone (2022). Hidden temporalities: time and intertextuality in the medieval court diary Utatane. In: Negri, Carolina; Tommasi, Pier Carlo. Images from the past : intertextuality in Japanese premodern literature. Venezia: Edizioni Ca' Foscari srl, 59-80.

Abstract

This paper explores intertextual expressions of temporality by way of Utatane (Fitful Slumbers, ca. 1238), a medieval memoir describing the unhappy love affair between a young lady-in-waiting and a courtier of higher standing, and her vain efforts to get over her lover. Through a close reading of the work’s beginning and end, it will be demonstrated how intertextual techniques are used in Utatane to inscribe the past into the present and to express the protagonist’s temporal sensations. Hereby it will be argued that, while allusions underline the protagonist’s dissatisfaction with the present and her longing for the past, they may also be read as encrypted expressions of nostalgia for the Heian period’s court culture. At the same time, they demonstrate the author’s sophistication, an important ‘social capital’ of court ladies at the time.

Abstract

This paper explores intertextual expressions of temporality by way of Utatane (Fitful Slumbers, ca. 1238), a medieval memoir describing the unhappy love affair between a young lady-in-waiting and a courtier of higher standing, and her vain efforts to get over her lover. Through a close reading of the work’s beginning and end, it will be demonstrated how intertextual techniques are used in Utatane to inscribe the past into the present and to express the protagonist’s temporal sensations. Hereby it will be argued that, while allusions underline the protagonist’s dissatisfaction with the present and her longing for the past, they may also be read as encrypted expressions of nostalgia for the Heian period’s court culture. At the same time, they demonstrate the author’s sophistication, an important ‘social capital’ of court ladies at the time.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:890 Other literatures
Uncontrolled Keywords:Intertextuality, Utatane, Temporality, Court Diary, Nun Abutsu
Language:English
Date:30 August 2022
Deposited On:09 Nov 2022 14:21
Last Modified:04 Dec 2022 07:30
Publisher:Edizioni Ca' Foscari srl
Series Name:Ca' Foscari Japanese Studies
ISSN:2610-8976
ISBN:978 88 6969 609 1
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.30687/978-88-6969-608-4/004
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)