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    • July 2008
    • 9780231142373
  • 416 Pages
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Envisioning the Tale of Genji

Media, Gender, and Cultural Production

Edited by Haruo Shirane

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.

About the Author

Haruo Shirane is Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University. He is the author and editor of numerous books on Japanese literature, including Traditional Japanese Literature: An Anthology, Beginnings to 1600; Early Modern Japanese Literature: An Anthology, 1600-1900; and Classical Japanese: A Grammar.

This interesting book offers the most comprehensive history of the reception of the "Genji"

[A] rich anthology.

A thought-provoking study of a seminal work.

Melinda Takeuchi

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsNote to the Reader1. The Tale of Genji and the Dynamics of Cultural Production: Canonization and Popularization, by Haruo ShiranePart I. The Late Heian and Medieval Periods: Court Culture, Gender, and Representation 2. Figure and Facture in the Genji Scrolls: Text, Calligraphy, Paper, and Painting, by Yukio Lippit3. The Tale of Genji and the Development of Female-Spirit No, by Reiko Yamanaka4. Monochromatic Genji: The Hakubyo Tradition and Female Commentarial Culture, by Melissa McCormick5. Genre Trouble: Medieval Commentaries and Canonization of The Tale of Genji, by Lewis CookPart II. Late Medieval and Edo Periods: Warrior Society, Education, and Popular Culture 6. Didactic Readings of The Tale of Genji: Politics and Women's Education, by Haruki Ii7. Genji Pictures from Momoyama Painting to Edo Ukiyo-e: Cultural Authority and New Horizons, by Keiko Nakamachi8. The Splendor of Hybridity: Image and Text in Ryutei Tanehiko's Inaka Genji, by Michael EmmerichPart III. The Meiji, Taisho, and Prewar Showa Periods: National Literature, World Literature, and Imperial Japan 9. The Tale of Genji, National Literature, Language, and Modernism, by Tomi Suzuki10. Wartime Japan, the Imperial Line, and The Tale of Genji, by Masaaki KobayashiPart IV. The Postwar Showa and Heisei Periods: Visuality, Sexuality, and Mass Culture 11. The Tale of Genji in Postwar Film: Emperor, Aestheticism, and the Erotic, by Kazuhiro Tateishi12. Sexuality, Gender, and The Tale of Genji in Modern Japanese Translations and Manga, by Yuika KitamuraChapter Titles of The Tale of GenjiSelected Bibliography on The Tale of Genji and Its Reception in EnglishContributorsIndex