The Diary of Lady Murasaki

Author: Murasaki Shikibu

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141907657

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 144

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The Diary recorded by Lady Murasaki (c. 973-c. 1020), author of The Tale of Genji, is an intimate picture of her life as tutor and companion to the young Empress Shoshi. Told in a series of vignettes, it offers revealing glimpses of the Japanese imperial palace - the auspicious birth of a prince, rivalries between the Emperor's consorts, with sharp criticism of Murasaki's fellow ladies-in-waiting and drunken courtiers, and telling remarks about the timid Empress and her powerful father, Michinaga. The Diary is also a work of great subtlety and intense personal reflection, as Murasaki makes penetrating insights into human psychology - her pragmatic observations always balanced by an exquisite and pensive melancholy.

The Diary of Lady Murasaki

Author: Shikibu Murasaki

Publisher: Dover Publications

ISBN: 0486836657

Category: History

Page: 80

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Derived from the journals of an empress's tutor and companion, this unique book offers rare glimpses of court life in eleventh-century Japan. Lady Murasaki recounts episodes of drama and intrigue among courtiers as well as the elaborate rituals related to the birth of a prince. Her observations, expressed with great subtlety, offer penetrating and timeless insights into human nature. Murasaki Shikibu (circa AD 973–1025) served among the gifted poets and writers of the imperial court during the Heian period. She and other women of the era were instrumental in developing Japanese as a written language, and her masterpiece, The Tale of Genji, is regarded as the world's first novel. Lady Murasaki's diary reveals the role of books in her society, including the laborious copying of texts and their high status as treasured gifts. This translation is accompanied by a Foreword from American poet and Japanophile Amy Lowell.

Encyclopedia of the Literature of Empire

Author: Mary Ellen Snodgrass

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438119062

Category: Colonies in literature

Page: 481

View: 3368


Examines the world's greatest literature about empires and imperialism, including more than 200 entries on writers, classic works, themes, and concepts.

A History of Japanese Literature

Author: Shūichi Katō

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9781873410486

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 400

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A new simplified edition translated by Don Sanderson. The original three-volume work, first published in 1979, has been revised specially as a single volume paperback which concentrates on the development of Japanese literature.

Makiko's Diary

Author: Makiko Nakano,Kazuko Smith

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804724418

Category: History

Page: 256

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This intimate and richly informative diary kept in 1910 by the young wife of a bustling merchant household in Kyoto is an engaging, unique glimpse into the lives of ordinary people in early twentieth-century Japan. Includes 53 illustrations.

Encyclopedia of Feminist Literature

Author: Mary Ellen Snodgrass

Publisher: Infobase Learning

ISBN: 1438140649

Category: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Page: N.A

View: 1505


Presents articles on feminist literature, including significant authors, themes and history.

Mightier Than the Sword

Author: Rochelle Melander

Publisher: Beaming Books

ISBN: 1506468918

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 200

View: 1808


Throughout history, people have picked up their pens and wielded their words--transforming their lives, their communities, and beyond. Now it's your turn! Representing a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences, Mightier Than the Sword connects over forty inspiring biographies with life-changing writing activities and tips, showing readers just how much their own words can make a difference. Readers will explore nature with Rachel Carson, experience the beginning of the Reformation with Martin Luther, champion women's rights with Sojourner Truth, and many more. These richly illustrated stories of inspiring speechmakers, scientists, explorers, authors, poets, activists, and even other kids and young adults will engage and encourage young people to pay attention to their world, to honor their own ideas and dreams, and to embrace the transformative power of words to bring good to the world.

A History of Japanese Literature

Author: Shuichi Kato,Don Sanderson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136613676

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

View: 7439


A new simplified edition translated by Don Sanderson. The original three-volume work, first published in 1979, has been revised specially as a single volume paperback which concentrates on the development of Japanese literature.

Obsessions with the Sino-Japanese Polarity in Japanese Literature

Author: Atsuko Sakaki

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 082484064X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

View: 360


Using close readings of a range of premodern and modern texts, Atsuko Sakaki focuses on the ways in which Japanese writers and readers revised—or in many cases devised—rhetoric to convey "Chineseness" and how this practice contributed to shaping a national Japanese identity. The volume begins by examining how Japanese travelers in China, and Chinese travelers in Japan, are portrayed in early literary works. An increasing awareness of the diversity of Chinese culture forms a premise for the next chapter, which looks at Japan’s objectification of the Chinese and their works of art from the eighteenth century onward. Chapter 3 examines gender as a factor in the formation and transformation of the Sino-Japanese dyad. Sakaki then continues with an investigation of early modern and modern Japanese representations of intellectuals who were marginalized for their insistence on the value of the classical Chinese canon and literary Chinese. The work concludes with an overview of writing in Chinese by early Meiji writers and the presence of Chinese in the work of modern writer Nakamura Shin’ichiro. A final summary of the book’s major themes makes use of several stories by Tanizaki Jun’ichiro.