Pushing Filial Piety – The Otogizōshi Nijūshikō and an Osaka Publisher’s ‘Beneficial Books for Women’

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At sometime between 1716 and 1729, the Osaka publish-er Shibukawa Seiemon published a box-set anthology of twenty-three otogizōshi-works of short medieval fiction-which he titled “The Felicitous Wedding Compan-ion Library” and advertised as being “beneficial for women.” Among the twenty-three works is a translation of Guo Jujing’s early fourteenth-century Ershisi xiao shi xuan (Selected Verses on All Aspects of the Twenty-Four Filial Exemplars), which, since the late Muromachi period, has been known in Japan simply as Nijūshikō (The Twenty-Four Filial Exemplars). Around the same time, Shibukawa also published at least six major educational texts for women, three of which include illustrated tales from Nijūshikō. In this talk, Kimbrough will consider Shibukawa’s otogizōshi Nijūshikō in the light of those three texts to answer a simple yet puzzling question: for Shibukawa and his readers, what exactly were the lessons for women in Nijūshikō?

Please refer to the attached document.

Tuesday, December 4th, 18:00h
Please note that this lecture will be held at the Kyoto centre of the École Française d’Extrême-Orient.