1J2451: JAPANESE LITERATURE IN TRANSLATIONINSTRUCTOR: DR. NAOMI FUKUMORIThursday, March 1, 2018
Reminder and Announcements•The Tale of Genjianimation extra credit is due on Friday, March 2, 5pm, Carmen. •There is another extra credit option: a lecture on translation of Japanese literature by Prof. Jeffrey Angles, March 2, 4-5:30pm, Page Hall 10 (details on Carmen)
3Announcements• Film guide for Rashōmonis on Carmen. Please take a look at it before Tuesday s session. We ll discuss the assigned stories and begin watching the film on Tuesday. We ll watch the remaining portion of the film on Thursday.
4Lady Sarashina/Sugawara Takasue s Daughter20th century rendition
5Overview of Today s Lecture/Discussion Sarashina Diary: Dreams versus Reality
The Journey to the Capital as an Intertextual Experience•Intertextuality: How one literary text relates to another through allusion and other less obvious means (recalling plot/story, style, and language of another work) •The narrator experiences the sights through stories she has heard or is told; parallels with Genji’s “Suma” chapter – *The tale of the Takeshiba princess (pp. 94-98) – The tale of Mt. Fuji and Fuji River (pp.102-104) – Poetic precedents (Ariwara no Narihira and the Sumida River [Ariwara Middle Captain Collection/Tales of Ise], “Then I would ask you something…” p. 98) – The capital, as well, has been experienced through texts.
The Function of Tales in Heian Women’s Lives•Lady Sarashina’s obsession with tales (monogatari) –Several extant tales have been attributed to her (Hamamatsu Middle Counselor’s Tales, Wakingin the Night) •“Defense of Tales” in The Tale of Genji, “Vocabulary of Japanese Aesthetics I,” pp. 176-179: Tamakatsura defends tales as providing “an account of something that has really and actually happened.” •Women “learn” about life from tales; have educational intents
•Lady Sarashina as a reader of Genjiand other tales – How does she interpret the tale? – What does she read? Other extant tales, the calligraphy of the daughter of the provisional major counselor (p. 110) •The role of women in transmitting tales; why do women perpetuate stereotypes in marriage? What does Murasaki Shikibu teach in her Tale of Genji? What does Lady Sarashina learn/teach?
Reading as Intertextual Practice, pp. 112-114With my heart pounding with excitement, I was able to read, right from the first chapter, the Tale of Genji, this tale that had confused me and made me impatient when I had read only a piece of it. With no one bothering me, I just lay down inside my curtains, and the feeling I had as I unrolled scroll after scroll was such that I would not have cared even if I had had a chance to become empress! I did nothing but read, and I was amazed to find that passages I had somehow naturally learned by heart came floating unbidden into my head.