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Title The Tale of Genji : a visual companion / Melissa McCormick.

Publication Info. Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2018]


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 Avon Free Public Library - Adult Department  895.6 MCCORMICK    Check Shelf
Description ix, 253 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 244-246) and index.
Contents Acknowledgments -- Note to reader -- Introduction -- The Tale of Genji album of 1510 -- Chapters 1-54 -- Appendix: Album calligraphy key -- Glossary.
Summary 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.
Subject Murasaki Shikibu, 978?- Genji monogatari -- Illustrations.
Tale of Genji album -- Illustrations.
Tosa, Mitsunobu, 1434?-1525.
Tosa, Mitsunobu, 1434?-1525. (OCoLC)fst00341370
Genji monogatari (Murasaki Shikibu) (OCoLC)fst01357316
Painting, Japanese -- Themes, motives.
Arts and society -- Japan -- History.
Japanese literature -- Heian period, 794-1185 -- History and criticism.
Arts and society. (OCoLC)fst00817856
Japanese literature -- Heian period. (OCoLC)fst01710986
Painting, Japanese -- Themes, motives. (OCoLC)fst01050945
Japan. (OCoLC)fst01204082
Chronological Term 794-1185
Genre/Form Pictures.
Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Illustrated works. (OCoLC)fst01423873
Added Author McCormick, Melissa, 1967-
ISBN 9780691172682 hardcover ; alkaline paper
0691172684 hardcover ; alkaline paper
Standard No. 40028683044
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