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Secrecy in Japanese Arts : Secret Transmission as a Mode of Knowledge - Maki Morinaga

Secrecy in Japanese Arts

Secret Transmission as a Mode of Knowledge

Hardcover Published: 1st May 2005
ISBN: 9781403965509
Number Of Pages: 197

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This book explores the Japanese tradition of secret transmission of knowledge within a closed and often hereditary group. The author investigates how esoteric practices function, how people make meaning of their practices, and how this form of esotericism survived into the modern age. The first two questions are examined by using esoteric texts from the fifteenth to eighteenth centuries. The last looks at theatrical treatises from the late nineteenth century on.

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"Meticulously researched and finely argued, Secrecy in Japanese Arts is an intellectually bracing and deeply satisfying book. The author shows convincingly that esotericism, often considered to be a feature of Japanese cultural transmission, does not belong to the category of the inscrutable or mysterious, but rather operates according to an analyzable logic. This thrilling encounter between "postmodern theory" and "premodern Japanese culture" ought to be required reading for anyone involved in learning, teaching, investigating, or practicing the traditional Japanese arts." - Ayako Kano, University of Pennsylvania

"[Morinaga] is well versed in critical theory, and the book raises provocative questions regarding the various contingencies involved in the process of textual and lineage production...Morinaga's book encourages us to think deeply about the multiple ways in which 'knowledge' is crafted and maintained. The author argues compellingly that we must pay attention to the detailed dynamic contours of the production, performance, attempted transmission, and motivated reception of 'knowledge' in order to understand its workings in any context." - Terry Kawashima, Wesleyan University

Prefacep. ix
Introduction: Quest for Esotericismp. 1
Historicizationp. 3
Methodologyp. 8
Textsp. 12
Organizationp. 13
A Note on the Textp. 17
Operation of Esotericismp. 19
Heiho Kadensho, an Esoteric Text Par Excellencep. 20
What to Conceal? "I Can't Tell, or You Won't Tell"p. 26
Why Conceal? Intentions, Pretensions, and Functionsp. 35
Transmission, the Creation of Knowledgep. 45
"Hearsay" from the Imagined Past: Creativity and Traditionalityp. 46
Legitimate Transmission: Lineage, Talent, Body, and Insidenessp. 63
Secrecy, Concealing the Revealingp. 73
Reasoning of "Non-Reason": Verbalization and Physicalityp. 74
Secrecy as a Performative: A Protective Mechanismp. 89
Esotericism and Modernityp. 101
Osanai Kaoru and Modern Japanese Theaterp. 103
Amateurism: The Independence of the Enunciated from Enunciationp. 110
Translationism: The Separation of Creativity and Traditionalityp. 124
Epilogue: Esotericism for Usp. 137
Notesp. 141
Bibliographyp. 181
Indexp. 193
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ISBN: 9781403965509
ISBN-10: 1403965501
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 197
Published: 1st May 2005
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.18 x 16.15  x 1.68
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1