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This interesting book offers the most comprehensive history of the reception of the "Genji"

(Japan Times)

[A] rich anthology.

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A thought-provoking study of a seminal work.

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Crossing the premodern-modern divide, this collaborative work provides a comprehensive history of the reception, interpretation, and adaptation of the Genji. Particularly laudable is the book's attention to visual transfigurations of the text. It leaves one amazed by the phenomenon that is the Genji across time.

(Sonja Arntzen, University of Toronto)

The Tale of Genji generated not only ongoing interest among readers but also new ideas and materials, often involving different media for at least 800 years. This fine collection of essays by American and Japanese scholars gives us a complete picture of just how fecund the Genji has been. It is must-reading for scholars of Japanese literature and makes an invaluable secondary text for anyone who wants to convey the enormous procreative power of the most canonical and popular of all Japanese literary texts.

(Steven Carter, Stanford University)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (July 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231142374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231142373
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,708,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Anonymous on November 22, 2014
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Lots of great information, but pretty dense with allusions and references. Prior Japanese culture/Tale of Genji knowledge necessary.
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This is a scholarly study, not a novel.
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