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Reading the Tale of Genji: Sources from the First Millennium (Hardback)

Edité par Columbia University Press, United States, 2015
ISBN 10: 0231166583 / ISBN 13: 9780231166584
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Titre : Reading the Tale of Genji: Sources from the ...

Éditeur : Columbia University Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2015

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

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Language: English . Brand New Book. The Tale of Genji, written one thousand years ago, is a masterpiece of Japanese literature, is often regarded as the best prose fiction in the language. Read, commented on, and reimagined by poets, scholars, dramatists, artists, and novelists, the tale has left a legacy as rich and reflective as the work itself. This sourcebook is the most comprehensive record of the reception of The Tale of Genji to date. It presents a range of landmark texts relating to the work during its first millennium, almost all of which are translated into English for the first time. An introduction prefaces each set of documents, situating them within the tradition of Japanese literature and cultural history. These texts provide a fascinating glimpse into Japanese views of literature, poetry, imperial politics, and the place of art and women in society. Selections include an imagined conversation among court ladies gossiping about their favorite characters and scenes in Genji; learned exegetical commentary; a vigorous debate over the morality of Genji; and an impassioned defense of Genji s ability to enhance Japan s standing among the twentieth century s community of nations. Taken together, these documents reflect Japan s fraught history with vernacular texts, particularly those written by women. N° de réf. du libraire AAU9780231166584

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Synopsis : Written one thousand years ago, The Tale of Genji is a masterpiece of Japanese literature, often regarded as its best prose fiction. Read, commented on, and reimagined by poets, scholars, dramatists, artists, and novelists, the tale has left a legacy as rich and reflective as the work itself. The most comprehensive record of The Tale of Genji's reception to date, this sourcebook presents a range of landmark texts relating to the work during its first millennium, almost all of which are translated into English for the first time. An introduction prefaces each set of documents, situating them within the tradition of Japanese literature and cultural history. These texts provide a fascinating glimpse into Japanese views of literature, poetry, imperial politics, and the place of art and women in society. Selections include a recorded conversation among court ladies gossiping about their favorite Genji characters and scenes; learned exegetical commentary; a vigorous debate over Genji's moral concerns; and an impassioned defense of Genji's ability to enhance Japan's standing among the twentieth century's community of nations. Taken together, these documents reflect Japan's fraught history with vernacular texts, particularly those written by women.

Critique: A brilliant example of what collaboration among scholars can produce. The introduction to the whole work and to the individual texts are clear, cogent, concise and engaging, and the translations are very readable and display different nuances in style. The volume will surely become an essential text to the study of Genji. -- Sonja Arntzen, University of Toronto This book is a treasure. The existence of such a rich tradition of Genji criticism and commentary will come as a revelation for many readers. Erudite and masterful translations, many appearing here for the first time, bring to life the way men and women have grappled with the Genji as readers, authors, and scholars over the centuries and will advance the field in significant ways. -- Melissa McCormick, Harvard University The Tale of Genji is not just a novel, it is a millennium-long love affair between a book and its readers. Whenever in later ages courtiers, warriors, or ordinary Japanese looked back to the heyday of the imperial court, this book was the lens through which they saw it. Of course, they reacted to what they read, commenting, annotating, interpreting; some even tried to emulate it. Harper authoritatively leads us through a thousand years of such commentary and interpretations, showing how the book lived and breathed through its readers' admiration. It is obligatory reading for anyone who is interested in the Tale of Genji, or in the reception history of famous books. -- W.J. Boot, Leiden University For centuries, The Tale of Genji has been a major source of inspiration and subject matter for Japanese artists. With the publication of Reading the Tale of Genji, students of Japanese art will now have access not only to the treasure trove of visual evidence that survives, but also the opinions of some of the Genji's earliest readers, whose tastes and interests were decisive in the formation of the long tradition of Genji art. -- Dr. Mimi Gardner Gates, Director Emerita, Seattle Art Museum

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