Japanese 2451:JAPANESE LITERATURE INTRANSLATIONINSTRUCTOR: DR. NAOMI FUKUMORI(Fukumori-sensei)February 6, 2018
AnnouncementOur first quiz will be Tuesday, Feb.13.Coverage: Session 1 through thecontents of the lecture on Thursday,Feb. 8 (Session 10).Format: All mulHple choice.2
3Yūgao: “Evening Faces” Just at a hazard, Might it perchance be his-- The face in the twilight, A yūgao enhanced By the radiance of the dew?
4Cast of Characters• Genji: 17-years-old, same year as the “Broom Tree” discussion • RokujōLady: Wife of the Former Crown Prince (the brother of Genji’s father), “dignified, correct woman,” 27-years-old • Nurse: Genji’s wetnurse; has become ill and has taken Buddhist vows •Koremitsu: Genji’s foster brother • Yūgao: Lady of the Evening Faces • Ukon: Yūgao’s lady-in-waiting
5Koremitsu on Genji’s Amorous Pursuits “A good reputation is important for someone in his position . . . But actually, when you think about it-- his youth, the deference and praise he receives--he’d seem tasteless and dreary if he weren’t a bit of a gallant. After all, the right woman will captivate any man, even one of those lesser mortals to whom society denies the privilege of infidelity.” (p. 63)
6“Peeping Through the Fence”•In Japanese: “kaimami” •A literary motif that signifies the beginning of a romance. •A voyeuristic fascination/obsession with a woman.
7The Tale of Genji Picture Scroll (ca. 1141-1155)
8Hidden Flowers“The house fell into the category dismissed by Uma-no-kami as the lowest of the low, but the lady seemed out of the ordinary. What if he were to discover an undreamt-of-gem in those surroundings?” (p. 63)
9Affirmation of Yūgao’s CharacterGenji: “It’s precisely lack of strength that makes a woman appealing. Clever, unsubmissive women don’t attract men. I myself am not a brisk, forceful type, and I like someone who is gentle, susceptible perhaps to masculine deception when off guard, but nevertheless basically prudent and discreet, and submissive to her husband’s wishes. If a man finds such a woman, corrects her flaws to suit his taste, and makes her his wife, she’ll become very dear to him.” (p. 82)
10The Yūgao Lady’s Identity • Tōno Chūjō’s “unreliable type” woman from the “Broom Tree” discussion (pp. 53-55) •Child-like charm, timid, “the daughter of a fisherman” (i.e., without a home, lacking stability)
11The RokujōLady“The Rokujōlady was also much to be pitied, for there had been a perceptible diminution in his ardor since he had overcome her stubborn resistance. Others wondered why his present feelings lacked the passion that had driven him before she was his. Morbidly sensitive by nature, she had feared all along that the disparity between their ages would cause