Envisioning the Tale of Genji: Media, Gender, and Cultural Production

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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. 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. ...
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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. 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. Contributors follow the issue of gender and cultural authority, looking at the tale's function as a symbol of Heian court culture and as an important tool in women's education, and 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.
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Editorial Reviews

Impressions - Melinda Takeuchi

A thought-provoking study of a seminal work.

Choice

[A] rich anthology.

Japan Times

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

Choice

[A] rich anthology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231142373
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 7/21/2008
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet 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.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

1 The Tale of Genji and the Dynamics of Cultural Production: Canonization and Popularization Haruo Shirane Shirane, Haruo 1

Pt. 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 Yukio Lippit Lippit, Yukio 49

3 The Tale of Genji and the Development of Female-Spirit No Reiko Yamanaka Yamanaka, Reiko 81

4 Monochromatic Genji: The Hakubyo Tradition and Female Commentarial Culture Melissa Mccormick Mccormick, Melissa 101

5 Genre Trouble: Medieval Commentaries and Canonization of The Tale of Genji Lewis Cook Cook, Lewis 129

Pt. II The Edo Period: Warrior Society, Education, and Popular Culture

6 Didactic Readings of The Tale of Genji: Politics and Women's Education Haruki II 157

7 Genji Pictures from Momoyama Painting to Edo Ukiyo-e: Cultural Authority and New Horizons Keiko Nakamachi Nakamachi, Keiko 171

8 The Splendor of Hybridity: Image and Text in Ryutei Tanehiko's Inaka Genji Michael Emmerich Emmerich, Michael 211

Pt. 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 Tomi Suzuki Suzuki, Tomi 243

10 Wartime Japan, the Imperial Line, and The Tale of Genji Masaaki Kobayashi Kobayashi, Masaaki 288

Pt. 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 Kazuhiro Tateishi Tateishi, Kazuhiro 303

12 Sexuality, Gender, and The Tale of Genji in Modern Japanese Translations and Manga YuikaKitamura Kitamura, Yuika 329

Chapter Titles of The Tale of Genji 359

Selected Bibliography on The Tale of Genji and Its Reception in English 363

Index 375

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