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The Tale of Genji : a visual companion / Melissa McCormick

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McCormick, Melissa 1967-  Search this
Murasaki Shikibu 978?- Genji monogatari  Search this
Tosa, Mitsunobu 1434?-1525  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 253 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Illustrated works
Heian period, 794-1185
Acknowledgments -- Note to reader -- Introduction -- The Tale of Genji album of 1510 -- Chapters 1-54 -- Appendix: Album calligraphy key -- Glossary
Written in the eleventh century by the Japanese noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji is a masterpiece of prose and poetry that is widely considered the world's first novel. Melissa McCormick provides a unique companion to Murasaki's tale that combines discussions of all fifty-four of its chapters with paintings and calligraphy from the Genji Album (1510) in the Harvard Art Museums, the oldest dated set of Genji illustrations known to exist. In this book, the album's colorful painting and calligraphy leaves are fully reproduced for the first time, followed by McCormick's insightful essays that analyze the Genji story and the album's unique combinations of word and image. This stunning compendium also includes English translations and Japanese transcriptions of the album's calligraphy, enabling a holistic experience of the work for readers today. In an introduction to the volume, McCormick tells the fascinating stories of the individuals who created the Genji Album in the sixteenth century, from the famous court painter who executed the paintings and the aristocrats who brushed the calligraphy to the work's warrior patrons and the poet-scholars who acted as their intermediaries. Beautifully illustrated, this book serves as an invaluable guide for readers interested in The Tale of Genji, Japanese literature, and the captivating visual world of Japan's most celebrated work of fiction.
Painting, Japanese--Themes, motives  Search this
Arts and society--History  Search this
Japanese literature--History and criticism  Search this
Call number:
ND1059.T78 T35 2018
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries