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The Tale of Genji: A Visual Companion Hardcover – Illustrated, November 6, 2018
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"[Tale of Genji: A Visual Companion] serves equally well as a thorough introduction to a work of great literary and art-historical importance, and a deep dive into the book’s cultural and narrative subtleties for those who are already students of The Tale of Genji. . . . McCormick’s elucidation of the sprawling, dramatic, and beautiful Tale of Genji makes this book an educational experience for those of us without access to a Harvard survey course on the subject.", Hyperallergic
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"[A] beautiful book. . . . An exquisite work of art in its own right. . . . [The Tale of Genji] is a fascinating way to immerse oneself not only in Genji’s world but also in the refined culture of 16th-century Japan, through both words and pictures."---Lesley Downer, Literary Review
"McCormick here provides a condensed version of the novel ….[Her] commentary provides not only synopses of the corresponding chapters in the original novel, but also an interpretation of the album’s calligraphy, which often includes some symbolic meaning….McCormick also analyses the paintings, all of which are phenomenal works of art."---Claire Kohda Hazelton, Times Literary Supplement
“This is a remarkable presentation of the whole sweep of Genji in both text and image, one that will open up Murasaki’s tale to a wider audience than ever before, and still deeply satisfy specialists. McCormick’s exquisite book is beautifully written―a real pleasure to read.”―Andrew M. Watsky, Princeton University
“Reading McCormick’s book is as illuminating as it is pleasurable, not only on account of the insightful ways in which it illustrates the subtle relationships between word and image in the late medieval album that it focuses on, but also on account of its capacity for identifying new narrative symmetries and patterns within the seemingly endless possibilities afforded by the original Tale of Genji.”―Gustav Heldt, translator of The Kojiki: An Account of Ancient Matters, author of The Pursuit of Harmony: Poetry and Power in Early Heian Japan
- Item Weight : 2.2 pounds
- ISBN-10 : 0691172684
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0691172682
- Product Dimensions : 7.3 x 0.9 x 10.3 inches
- Publisher : Princeton University Press; Illustrated Edition (November 6, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #323,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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