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. The essays
examine the canonization of the work from the late Heian through
the medieval, Edo, Meiji, Taisho, Showa, and Heisei periods,
revealing its profound influence on a variety of genres and fields,
including modern nation building. They also consider parody,
pastiche, and re-creation of the text 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 achievements in
visualization, from screen painting and woodblock prints to
manga and anime. Taking up such recurrent themes as
cultural nostalgia, eroticism, and gender, this book is the most
comprehensive history of the reception of The Tale of
Genji to date, both in the country of its origin and
throughout the world.
Subjects: Language & Literature
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