GENJI AND HEIKE PDF

The complete versions of both works are too long to be taught in one term, and this abridgement answers the need for a one-volume edition of both works suitable for use in survey courses in classical Japanese literature or world literature in translation and by the general reader daunted by the complete works. The translator has selected representative portions of the two texts with a view to shaping the abridgments into coherent, aesthetically acceptable wholes. Often called the world's earliest novel, The Tale of Genji , by Murasaki Shikibu, is a poetic evocation of aristocratic life in eleventh-century Japan, a period of brilliant cultural efflorescence. This new translation focuses on important events in the life of its main character, Genji. It traces the full length of Genji's relationship with Murasaki, the deepest and most enduring of his emotional attachments, and contains all or parts of 10 of the 41 chapters in which Genji figures, including the "Broom Tree" chapter, which provides a reprise of the themes of the book.

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The complete versions of both works are too long to be taught in one term, and this abridgement answers the need for a one-volume edition of both works suitable for use in survey courses in classical Japanese literature or world literature in translation and by the general reader daunted by the complete works. The translator has selected representative portions of the two texts with a view to shaping the abridgments into coherent, aesthetically acceptable wholes.

Often called the world's earliest novel, The Tale of Genji , by Murasaki Shikibu, is a poetic evocation of aristocratic life in eleventh-century Japan, a period of brilliant cultural efflorescence. This new translation focuses on important events in the life of its main character, Genji. It traces the full length of Genji's relationship with Murasaki, the deepest and most enduring of his emotional attachments, and contains all or parts of 10 of the 41 chapters in which Genji figures, including the "Broom Tree" chapter, which provides a reprise of the themes of the book.

In romanticized but essentially truthful fashion, The Tale of the Heike describes the late twelfth-century political intrigues and battlefield clashes that led to the eclipse of the Kyoto court and the establishment of a military government by the rival Minamotho Genji clan. Its underlying theme, the evanescence of worldly things, echoes some of the concerns of the Genji , but its language preserves many traces of oral composition, and its vigor and expansivelness contrast sharply with the pensive, elegant tone of the Genji.

The selections of the Heike , about 40 percent of the owrk, are taken from the translator's complete edition, which received great acclaim: "this verison of the Heike is superb and indeed reveals to English-language readers for the first time the full scope, grandeur, and literary richness of the work.

For both the Genji and the Heike abridgments, the translator has provided introductions, headnote summaries, adn other supplementary maerials designed to help readers follow the sometimes confused story lines and keep the characters straight.

The book also includes an appendix, a glossary, a bibliography, and two maps. McCullough is truly in her element when it comes to the Heike.

Her introduction to this text consists of a thorough but efficient explanation of a complex historical situation and an excellent account of the textual history of a tale that had its origins in oral literature. Her translation of the complete work is a classic. General; undergraduate. Description Desc. More in Literary Studies—Asian.

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Genpei War

Copyright All Rights Reserved. The most renowned battle in Japanese history took place in the twelfth century, when the Heike also known as Taira and Genji also known as Minamoto clans struggled to gain control of Kyoto, the Heian-period — capital. Tales of this legendary event were spread throughout Japan by itinerant monks, who sang of it while playing the biwa, a stringed instrument much like a lute. Over the following centuries, the story was also recorded in what came to be known as The Tale of Heike , which, along with The Tale of Genji , is among the most famous stories.

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It resulted in the downfall of the Taira and the establishment of the Kamakura shogunate under Minamoto no Yoritomo in The ensuing battle of Uji took place just outside Kyoto , starting a five-year-long war, concluding with a decisive Minamoto victory in the naval battle of Dan-no-ura. The Genpei War was the culmination of a decades-long conflict between the two aforementioned clans over dominance of the Imperial court, and by extension, control of Japan. In , Taira no Kiyomori put his grandson Antoku then only 2 years of age on the throne after the abdication of Emperor Takakura. Emperor Go-Shirakawa 's son Mochihito felt that he was being denied his rightful place on the throne and, with the help of Minamoto no Yorimasa , sent out a call to arms to the Minamoto clan and Buddhist monasteries in May. However, this plot ended with the deaths of Yorimasa and Mochihito. The actions of Taira no Kiyomori having deepened Minamoto hatred for the Taira clan, a call for arms was sent up by Minamoto no Yorimasa and Prince Mochihito.

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