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Bargen, Doris G.

Works: 8 works in 56 publications in 2 languages and 3,604 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PL788.4.G43, 895.631
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Most widely held works about Doris G Bargen
  • by Stanley Elkin( )
Most widely held works by Doris G Bargen
A woman's weapon : spirit possession in the Tale of Genji by Doris G Bargen( )

18 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 1,658 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this subtle and highly original reading of Murasaki Shikibu's eleventh-century classic The Tale of Genji (Genji monogatari), Doris G. Bargen explores the role of possessing spirits (mono no ke) from a female viewpoint. In several key episodes of the Genji, Heian noblewomen (or their mediums) tremble, speak in strange voices, and tear their hair and clothing while under the spell of mono no ke. For literary critics, Genji, the male protagonist, is central to determining the role of these spirits. From this male-centered perspective, female jealousy provides a convenient explanation for the emergence of mono no ke within the polygynous marital system of the Heian aristocracy. Yet this conventional view fails to take into account the work's female authorship and its largely female audience. Relying upon anthropological as well as literary evidence, Doris G. Bargen foregrounds the motives of the possessed character and located mono no ke within the politics of Heian society, interpreting spirit possession as a female strategy adopted to counter male strategies of empowerment. Possessions become "performances" by women attempting to redress the balance of power; they subtly subvert the structure of domination and significantly alter the construction of gender."--Jacket
Suicidal honor : General Nogi and the writings of Mori Ōgai and Natsume Sōseki by Doris G Bargen( )

16 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On September 13, 1912, the day of Emperor Meiji's funeral, General Nogi Maresuke committed ritual suicide by seppuku (disembowelment). It was an act of delayed atonement that paid a debt of honor incurred thirty-five years earlier. The revered military hero's wife joined in his act of junshi ("following one's lord into death"). The violence of their double suicide shocked the nation. What had impelled the general and his wife, on the threshold of a new era, to resort so drastically, so dramatically, to this forbidden, anachronistic practice? The nation was divided. There were those who saw the suicides as a heroic affirmation of the samurai code; others found them a cause for embarrassment, a sign that Japan had not yet crossed the cultural line separating tradition from modernity. While acknowledging the nation's sharply divided reaction to the Nogis'junshi as a useful indicator of the event's seismic impact on Japanese culture, Doris G. Bargen in the first half of her book demonstrates that the deeper significance of Nogi's action must be sought in his personal history, enmeshed as it was in the tumultuous politics of the Meiji period. Suicidal Honor traces Nogi's military career (and personal travail) through the armed struggles of the collapsing shogunate and through the two wars of imperial conquest during which Nogi played a significant role: the Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895) and the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905). It also probes beneath the political to explore the religious origins of ritual self-sacrifice in cultures as different as ancient Rome and today's Nigeria. Seen in this context, Nogi's death was homage to the divine emperor. But what was the significance of Nogi's waiting thirty-five years before he offered himself as a human sacrifice to a dead rather than living deity? To answer this question, Bargen delves deeply and with great insight into the story of Nogi's conflicted career as a military hero who longed to be a peaceful man of letters. In the second half of Suicidal Honor Bargen turns to the extraordinary influence of the Nogis' deaths on two of Japans greatest writers, Mori Ogai and Natsume Soseki. Ogai's historical fiction, written in the immediate aftermath of his friends junshi, is a profound meditation on the significane of ritual sucide in a time of historical transition. Stories such as "The Sakai Incident" ("Sakai jiken") appear in a new light and with greatly enhanced resonance in Bargen's interpretation. In Soseki's masterpiece, Kokoro, Sensei, the protagonist, refers to the emperor's death and his general's junshi before taking his own life. Scholars routinely mention these references, but Bargen demonstrates convincingly the uncanny ways in which Soseki's agonized response to Nogi's suicide structures the entire novel. By exploring the historical and literary legacies of Nogi, Ogai, and Soeseki from an interdisciplinary perspective, Suicidal Honor illuminates Japan's prolonged and painful transition from the idealized heroic world of samurai culture to the mundane anxieties in the fields of Japanese literature, history, and religion, and anyone seeking a deeper understanding of Japan's warrior culture
Mapping courtship and kinship in classical Japan : the Tale of Genji and its predecessors by Doris G Bargen( )

8 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 549 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Literary critiques of Murasaki Shikibu's eleventh-century The Tale of Genji have often focused on the amorous adventures of its eponymous hero. In this analysis of the Genji and other mid-Heian literature, the author emphasizes the thematic importance of Japan's complex polygynous kinship system as the domain within which courtship occurs.--Publisher's description
The fiction of Stanley Elkin by Doris G Bargen( Book )

10 editions published between 1978 and 1980 in English and German and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Begegnungen: Symposium zum 150( Visual )

1 edition published in 2013 in German and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Not just words : shogunal politics and the Daijōsai in Mori Ōgai's "Saigo no ikku" by Doris G Bargen( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Twin blossoms on a single branch : the cycle of retribution in Onnamen [by Enchi Fumiko] by Doris G Bargen( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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A woman's weapon : spirit possession in the Tale of Genji
Suicidal honor : General Nogi and the writings of Mori Ōgai and Natsume Sōseki
Alternative Names
Bargen, Doris

Bargen, Dorris G.

English (54)

German (2)