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Series: Harvard East Asian Monographs (Book 366)
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Harvard University Asia Center (February 24, 2014)
An important piece of research likely to become a touchstone for historians and scholars of religious history, gender studies, Japanese history, and others.
Foregoing conjecture and sidestepping the assumptions of the few scholars before her, Cogan presents her research and data as it stands, providing a foundation of facts and historical insights on the life of Bunchi, the 17th Century monastic nun and founder of Enshōji – the Rinzai Zen convent in the Shūgakuin area of Kyoto that remains fully operational today.
While Bunchi may have been an anomaly, the research presented quietly questions many of the most basic long-held beliefs in a wide range of academic fields as they historically relate to early Modern Japan. A solid and valuable academic work
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