Seeking refuge in prepubescent space: the strategy of resistance employed by The tale of Genji’s third princess
The Tale of Genji, Murasaki Shikibu, literary criticism
This article will explore how and why Murasaki Shikibu presents the Third Princess (Onna Sannomiya) as perpetually child-like and innocent, despite a storyline that sees her marry, become involved in an illicit affair, bear an illegitimate child, and finally take vows as a Buddhist nun. The present character study aims to suggest a new way to read this princess’ apparently immature behaviour as a sign of agency, albeit expressed within strictly limited parameters.
Henitiuk, Valerie. "Seeking Refuge in Prepubescent Space: The Strategy of Resistance Employed by the Tale of Genji's Third Princess." Canadian Review of Comparative Literature/Revue Canadienne de Littérature Comparée, vol. 28, no. 2-3, 2001, pp. 193-217, https://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/crcl/article/view/10631/8188. Accessed 9 Jan. 2016.
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