Dr. Noriko Reider's Latest Book Published
In Japanese culture, oni are ubiquitous supernatural creatures who play important roles in literature, lore, and folk belief. Characteristically ambiguous, they have been great and small, mischievous and dangerous, and ugly and beautiful over their long history. Here author Noriko Reider presents seven oni stories from medieval Japan in full and translated for an English-speaking audience.
Reider, concordant with many scholars of Japanese cultural studies, argues that to study oni is to study humanity. These tales are from an era in which many new oni stories appeared for the purpose of both entertainment and moral/religious edification and for which oni were particularly important, as they were perceived to be living entities. They reflect not only the worldview of medieval Japan but also themes that inform twenty-first-century Japanese pop and vernacular culture, including literature, manga, film, and anime. With each translation, Reider includes an introductory essay exploring the historical and cultural importance of the characters and oni manifestations within this period.
Seven Demon Stories from Medieval Japan offers new insights into and interpretations of not only the stories therein but also the entire genre of Japanese ghost stories.
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Dr. Noriko Reider on NPR
Dr. Noriko Reider was recently on the radio on NPR's special series "The Changing Lives of Women." The October 28, 2015 episode is titled: "Why Are Old Women Often The Face Of Evil In Fairy Tales And Folklore?" Take a listen!