Murasaki Shikibu: The Tale of Genji by Richard BowringMurasaki Shikibu: The Tale of Genji by Richard Bowring

Murasaki Shikibu: The Tale of Genji

byRichard Bowring

Paperback | November 10, 2003

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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. This introduction to the Genji sketches its cultural background, offers detailed analysis of the text, including language and style, and traces the history of its reception through nine centuries of cultural change. First Edition Hb (1988): 0-521-33349-0 First Edition Pb (1988): 0-521-33636-8
Title:Murasaki Shikibu: The Tale of GenjiFormat:PaperbackDimensions:122 pages, 7.8 × 5.08 × 0.28 inPublished:November 10, 2003Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521539757

ISBN - 13:9780521539753

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Table of Contents

Preface; Genji chapter titles; Genealogical chart; Part I. The Cultural Background: 1. Politics; 2. Murasaki Shikibu; 3. Religion; 4. Language; 5. A grammar of sexual relations; 6. History and fiction; Part II. The Tale of Genji: 7. Sexual politics (chapters 1-12); 8. Penance and restitution (chapters 12-21); 9. A prospect of flowers (chapters 22-33); 10. Dangerous obsessions (chapters 34-41); 11. A passion for self-destruction (chapters 42-54); Part III. Language and style: 12. The narrator's presence; 13. Kashiwagi's tortured mind; 14. Equivocal narration; 15. Poetry in prose; 16. Translations; Part IV. Impact, Influence and Reception: 17. Early textual history; 18. Murasaki in hell; 19. Medieval commentaries; 20. Tokugawa readings; 21. Modern readings; Guide to further reading.

Editorial Reviews

'... an erudite commentary encouraging the reader to investigate one of the most important Japanese texts by exploring a plethora of ideas in a guided but open manner.' Forum for Modern Language Studies