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Envisioning the Tale of Genji Media, Gender, and Cultural Production

ISBN-10: 0231142374

ISBN-13: 9780231142373

Edition: 2008

Authors: Haruo Shirane

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Since its publication in the eleventh century, The Tale of Genji has had a profound influence on Japanese culture, shaping the development of poetry, prose fiction, drama, art, film, and design. The Tale of Genji is also one of the few Japanese texts to have enjoyed a global reach, recognized as the world's first novel and as a vital component of world literature. Bringing together scholars from across the world, Haruo Shirane presents a fascinating portrait of The Tale of Genji's reception and reproduction over the past thousand years, taking into consideration a wide variety of genres from n? plays to Genji paintings to the modern novel. These essays examine the canonization of The Tale of Genji from the late Heian through the medieval, Edo, Meiji, Taish?, prewar, and postwar eras, revealing the work's role in a variety of genres and fields, including modern nation building. They also explore the popularization of the Genji, considering parody, pastiche, and re-creation in various popular and mass media. Since the Genji was written by a woman for female readers, contributors also take up the issue of gender and cultural authority, looking at the novel's function as a symbol of Heian court culture and as an important tool in women's education. Throughout the volume, scholars discuss the visualization of the Genji, from screen painting and woodblock prints to manga and anime. Taking up such recurrent themes as cultural nostalgia, eroticism, and gender, this book presents a comprehensive history of the reception of The Tale of Genji in the country of its origin and throughout the world.
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Book details

List price: $36.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 7/28/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.220
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
Note to the Reader
The Tale of Genji and the Dynamics of Cultural Production: Canonization and Popularization
The Late Heian and Medieval Periods: Court Culture, Gender, and Representation
Figure and Facture in the Genji Scrolls: Text, Calligraphy, Paper, and Painting
The Tale of Genji and the Development of Female-Spirit No
Monochromatic Genji: The Hakubyo Tradition and Female Commentarial Culture
Genre Trouble: Medieval Commentaries and Canonization of The Tale of Genji
The Edo Period: Warrior Society, Education, and Popular Culture
Didactic Readings of The Tale of Genji: Politics and Women's Education
Genji Pictures from Momoyama Painting to Edo Ukiyo-e: Cultural Authority and New Horizons
The Splendor of Hybridity: Image and Text in Ryutei Tanehiko's Inaka Genji
The Meiji, Taisho, and Prewar Showa Periods: National Literature, World Literature, and Imperial Japan
The Tale of Genji, National Literature, Language, and Modernism
Wartime Japan, the Imperial Line, and The Tale of Genji
The Postwar Showa and Heisei Periods: Visuality, Sexuality, and Mass Culture
The Tale of Genji in Postwar Film: Emperor, Aestheticism, and the Erotic
Sexuality, Gender, and The Tale of Genji in Modern Japanese Translations and Manga
Chapter Titles of The Tale of Genji
Selected Bibliography on The Tale of Genji and Its Reception in English
Contributors
Index