The Tale of Genji
It is believed to have been written by the Japanese noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu at the beginning of the 11th century, around the highest point of the Heian Period. The form of the language used at that time is called Late Old Japanese. The Tale of Genji is sometimes called the world's first novel, the first modern novel, or the first novel to still be considered a classic, but many readers do not agree on this.
The first translation of part of Genji Monogatari into English was by Suematsu Kencho. It was notably translated by Japanese nun Jakucho Setouchi in 1998. Arthur Waley made a free translation of the work, except for one chapter. Edward Seidensticker made the first complete translation into English, using a more literal way than Waley. The most recent English translation, by Royall Tyler (2002), also tries to respect the original text.
Other websites[change | change source]
- The Tale of Genji 1976 Seidensticker translation
- Tale of the Genji woodcuts
- Murasaki Shikibu: Genji monogatari (1987) An animated film based on The Tale of Genji.
- The Picture Scroll of The Tale of Genji Some scans of the Genji Monogatari Emaki (Tale of Genji Scroll).
- The Tale of Genji - La novela de Genji Site dedicated to The Tale of Genji (in Spanish).
- The Tale of Genji A photographic guide to The Tale of Genji.
- The Tale of Genji: Genealogical chart
References[change | change source]
- Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2002). "Genji-monogatari" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 237.
- Shikibu, Murasaki; Waley, Arthur (1960). The Tale of Genji. Modern Library. Vintage.
- Shikibu, Murasaki; Seidensticker, Edward (1976). The Tale of Genji. Knopf.
- Shikibu, Murasaki; Tyler, Royall (2002). The Tale of Genji. Viking.