Murasaki Shikibu The Tale of Genji
Edition: 2nd 2003 (Revised)
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Description: Murasaki Shikibu's The Tale of Genji, written in Japan in the early eleventh century, is acknowledged to be one of Japan's greatest literary achievements, and sometimes thought of as the world's first novel. It is also one of the earliest major works to be written by a woman. This introduction to the Genji sketches the cultural background, offers detailed analysis of the text, discusses matters of language and style and ends by tracing the history of its reception through nine centuries of cultural change. This book will be useful for survey courses in Japanese and World Literature. Because The Tale of Genji is so long, it is often not possible for students to read it in its entirety and this book will therefore be used not only as an introduction, but also as a guide through the difficult and convoluted plot.
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List price: $27.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/10/2003
Size: 5.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
|Genji chapter titles|
|The Cultural Background|
|A grammar of sexual relations|
|History and fiction|
|The Tale of Genji|
|Sexual politics (chapters 1-12)|
|Penance and restitution (chapters 12-21)|
|A prospect of flowers (chapters 22-33)|
|Dangerous obsessions (chapters 34-41)|
|A passion for self-destruction (chapters 42-54)|
|Language and style|
|The narrator's presence|
|Kashiwagi's tortured mind|
|Poetry in prose|
|Impact, Influence and Reception|
|Early textual history|
|Murasaki in hell|
|Guide to further reading|