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InstructionsQuestion assignments:Group A should complete a comparison the rules of "The Art of Courtly Love" to the rules of romance in your own culture.In your post, discuss the “rules” you saw as similar. Do these seem to you to be ideas that help to promote strong relationships, or are they ideas that could be damaging?Group B should reflect on why romances like Lanval; retain a hold on the modern imagination.In your post, consider the idea of nostalgia. Are romances like this just nostalgic, idealizing earlier times, or can they help us to understand something important about our own culture?Group C should reflect on The Tale of Genji's wish list for a perfect wife.For your post, turn this around: what does the story's depiction of the perfect wife reveal about the men in the story?Group D should compare the women in The Tale of Genjiwith women in Lanval.In your post, discuss which, if any, of these ideals of female desirability exist in our own time. How much has the idea of a “desirable woman” changed?Everyone, please divide your posts into paragraphs for easier reading, and make sure to reference, paraphrase, or quote specific passages from the text to support and illustrate what you say (and cite the passages using MLA citation format).Group CAgain, a long post, not for the faint of heart, but there is much to be gleaned from this reading. There is much more going on after this conversation that lets you in on the conversation’s meaning. The Conversation begins with the Genji and his best friend Tô no Chûjô discussingwomen, while pawing through Genji’s “notes.” It is here that we see a list of wants,not of quality of herself, but of her family, showing the men’s true ambition and thewomen’s secondary role in Heian society. This conversation progresses as more people are added, showing not the wanted womanly qualities per say, but the ambition of each man, but Genji seemed to lost in quiet contemplation of the conversation, reflecting upon his own heart in the matters being discussed. Consider this:
“Tô no Chûjô nodded. “It may be difficult when someone you are especially fond of, someone beautiful and charming, has been guilty of an indiscretion, but magnanimity produces wonders. They may not always work, but generosity and reasonableness and patience do on the whole seem best”” (Seidensticker).