Appraising Genji: Literary Criticism And Cultural Anxiety in by Patrick W. Caddeau

By Patrick W. Caddeau

Murasaki Shikibu’s eleventh-century story of Genji is the main respected paintings of fiction in Japan. This publication explores Genji’s reception through the years and its position in jap tradition.

Show description

Read or Download Appraising Genji: Literary Criticism And Cultural Anxiety in the Age of the Last Samurai PDF

Best asian books

Palestine in the Egyptian Press: From al-Ahram to al-Ahali

In Egypt, the clicking has regularly been thought of a side of modernization, in addition to democratic rule. Palestine within the Egyptian Press examines the Palestine factor - a topic that includes prominently in that press end result of the political actions of Egypt's Jewish group, the advance of a pan-Arab id, and Egypt's involvement in Palestine's wars.

Translating Mount Fuji: Modern Japanese Fiction and the Ethics of Identity

Dennis Washburn lines the altering personality of jap nationwide id within the works of six significant authors: Ueda Akinari, Natsume S? seki, Mori ? gai, Yokomitsu Riichi, ? oka Shohei, and Mishima Yukio. by way of targeting sure interconnected issues, Washburn illuminates the contradictory wishes of a state trapped among emulating the West and protecting the traditions of Asia.

Colonial Hong Kong And Modern China: Interaction And Reintegration

The evolution of Hong Kong, as a British colony and now a different Administrative area at China's door step, has continually been inextricably intertwined with the location in China. This dating is tested via a variety of views during this quantity.

Spirit Matters: The Transcendent in Modern Japanese Literature

"Spirit issues" is a ground-breaking paintings, the 1st to discover a wide diversity of writings on spirituality in modern jap literature. It attracts on quite a few literary works, from vastly well known fiction (Miura Ayako's "Hyoten" and "Shirokari go" and the novels of Murakami Haruki) to extra problematical "serious" fiction (Oe Kenzaburo's "Somersault") to nonfiction meditations on martyrdom and miracles (Sono Ayako's "Kiseki") and the dynamics of spiritual cults (Murakami's interviews with individuals of Aum Shinrikyo in "Underground").

Additional info for Appraising Genji: Literary Criticism And Cultural Anxiety in the Age of the Last Samurai

Example text

The moral and psychological predicaments associated with events in Genji may have offended Buddhist and Confucian sensibilities, but to the poet interested in the sincere expression of emotion, this same material proved a valuable source of inspiration. Poetry and poetics thus firmly anchored Genji to serious literary scholarship despite its less than secure status as prose fiction. Fujiwara no Toshinari (also known as Fujiwara Shunzei, 1114–1204) was a leading arbiter of poetry of his age. During his lifetime, he witnessed the marked increase in factional infighting and military upheavals associated with the collapse of the Heian period.

He also rejected didactic interpretation because he believed such an approach was inconsistent with the nature of the text itself. His reading of Genji led him to conclude that the text reflected life in Heian Japan and realistically depicted individuals in their capacity to act in both good and bad ways. Confucian ideology dictated that good people act morally, and evil people act immorally, which made for fine didactic prose but not realistic fiction. 31 Keichu¯’s work marks the beginning of what is considered the era of “new commentary” (shinchu¯) on Genji.

With Takarazuka and Toei saturating the stage and screen markets with Genji transformations one might expect the trend to have peaked. However, 14 APPRAISING GENJI this was not to be the case. The following year, the comic magazine “Ultra Jump” began serialization of its own version of Genji, illustrated by the comicbook author Egawa Tatsuya. While previous adaptations catered to the interest of female consumers, Egawa’s version of Genji was published in a magazine marketed with the male consumer in mind.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.42 of 5 – based on 46 votes