Genji Monogatari � The Tale of Genji

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Genji Monogatari – The Tale of Genji - Written in the early eleventh century (ca. 1000-1008) and arguably the first (modern) novel in the world. - Murasaki Shikibu – a lady in waiting who worked in the Imperial court of the Empress Akiko (Shōshi). - Heian Period (794-1185) – the court culture led by aristocrats flourished; primarily the political power was shared between emperors and regents such as the Fujiwara clan. - Consists of 54 chapters (the first 41 chapters recounts Genji’s amorous life, exile, losses of his beloved, ascendance to the political power, and his death. - Use of poem – oftentimes tanka is inserted to illustrate
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Unformatted text preview: the characters’ emotion; poems are exchanged between characters as a mean of communication.-References to Buddhism – the religious philosophy of impermanence and characters’ devotion to the Buddhist deities are prevalent throughout the novel. Discussion Questions: 1) How can we characterize the protagonist, Genji? And how does he relate himself to the other characters within the novel? 2) Who is the narrator of the novel? Are there any instance that we can find the narrator’s conscious claim of the self? 3) How Genji’s lover in “Yūgao” dies? What is the course of her death?...
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