Vengeful Promises: The Agency of Love Oaths as Materially Hybrid Texts in Late Seventeenth-Century Japan

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Abstract

This article focuses on the historical use and meanings of early modern oaths
(Jp. kishōmon 起請文). These materially hybrid texts were initially stamped (on one
side) and then inscribed by hand in ink (on the other side), often even in blood. Since they are an inextricable combination of print and handwriting, they complicate such dichotomies and open up a series of issues central to the understanding of scribal practices in early modern Japan. This article moves beyond their content analysis to address issues of materiality and agency along with the relationship between orality, writing and bodily practices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-72
Number of pages27
JournalEast Asian Publishing and Society
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2022

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Religious studies
  • History
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Literature and Literary Theory
  • Communication
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Media Technology

User-Defined Keywords

  • agency
  • early modern
  • Japan
  • kishōmon
  • materiality

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