This week, we’re unpacking a rather odd classic of Japanese literature: the Ise Monogatari, a collection of short tales that are probably about a famously seductive aristocrat, but which were in large part not written by him–and which have oddly political meanings given their often lascivious nature. What are the tales about? And what can we glean from reading them today?
Tyler, Royall, and Josh Mostow. The Ise Stories: Ise Monogatari
Newhard, Jamie L. Knowing the Amorous Man: A History of Scholarship on the Tales of Ise.