Murasaki Shikibu The Tale of Genji

ISBN-10: 0521539757

ISBN-13: 9780521539753

Edition: 2nd 2003 (Revised)

Authors: Richard Bowring

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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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Book details

List price: $27.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/10/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 122
Size: 5.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.264
Language: English

Preface
Genji chapter titles
Genealogical chart
The Cultural Background
Politics
Murasaki Shikibu
Religion
Language
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
Equivocal narration
Poetry in prose
Translations
Impact, Influence and Reception
Early textual history
Murasaki in hell
Medieval commentaries
Tokugawa readings
Modern readings
Guide to further reading
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