Session12_021518v2.pdf - Japanese 2451 JAPANESE LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION INSTRUCTOR DR NAOMI FUKUMORI(Fukumori-sensei 1 Announcements First paper

Session12_021518v2.pdf - Japanese 2451 JAPANESE LITERATURE...

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1 Japanese 2451: JAPANESE LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION INSTRUCTOR: DR. NAOMI FUKUMORI (Fukumori- sensei ) February 15, 2018
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2 Announcements First paper: Monday, Feb. 19, 5pm; submission to Carmen
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Extra Credit Option: Lecture on Tale of Genji comics/ manga Speaker: Prof. Lynne Miyake, Professor, Pomona College Title: "Gender Flipped, 'Cutie,' (Non)Eroticized Subject/Object Consumption and Production: The Manga Comics Tale of Genji Date: Wed., February 21, 2018 Place: Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum (Sullivant Hall, 1813 N. High Street) Time: 4-5:30pm **You may attend the lecture and write a report for a maximum of 2.5 points in extra credit. See Carmen course website under “Assignments” à ”Extra Credits” for more information. Due Wed. Feb. 28**
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Aoi ± : “Heartvine” Classical Japanese Spelling: “Afuhi”, which is a homonym of a phrase meaning “day of meeting”; a central poetic image for the Kamo Festival of the Fourth Month (summer)
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“Aoi”: Cast of Characters Genji: age 22-23 Fujitsubo lady: age 27-28 Aoi: age 26, lives in Sanjō (Third Avenue) mansion Minister of the Left: Aoi’s father Princess Ōmiya: Aoi’s mother Murasaki: age 14-15, lives in Nijō (Second Avenue) mansion
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Shōnagon: Murasaki’s lady-in-waiting Rokujō lady: 29-30 Princess Asagao: Genji’s cousin Oborozukiyo: Minister of Right’s Sixth daughter, sister of Kokiden
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Aoi’s Death/Death in Autumn Genji’s realization of love for Aoi Tō no chūjō: “ . . .he had felt sorry for Genji because he seemed to be plodding along in an unhappy marriage trapped by the retired emperor’s worried comments on his lack of ardor, the minister’s pathetic attentions, and the difficulty of breaking with the daughter of his own aunt, Princess Ōmiya. But now it was apparent that he regarded Aoi as a special person, someone whose high status demanded high esteem; and the realization made her death all the more tragic.” (p. 149)
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Initiation of Murasaki “Already disenchanted with life in society, he had now begun to look on the world as a thoroughly distasteful place. Were it not for certain encumbrances, he would follow his true desire and take the tonsure. But that train of thought led at once to Murasaki , and to the loneliness she must be enduring.” (p. 146)
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“With time on his hands, he gravitated to the west wing, where he spent the days playing go , character parts, and other games. Even in such trivial pursuits, Murasaki’s natural wit and charm made her an enchanting partner. In the days when he had regarded her as too young for marriage, her appeal had been merely that of a child, but now he found it impossible to contain his passion, reluctant though he was to distress her. With their sleeping arrangements as they were, no third person could tell when their relationship changed, but there came a morning when he rose early and she not at all.” (p. 155)
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