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The Princess Nun: Bunchi, Buddhist Reform, and Gender in Early Edo Japan (Harvard East Asian Monographs) Hardcover – February 24, 2014


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  • Series: Harvard East Asian Monographs (Book 366)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Asia Center (February 24, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674491971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674491977
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,597,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gina Cogan is Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion at Boston University.

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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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