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Murasaki Shikibu’s “The Tale of Genji”: Bloom’s Modern Critical Interpretations
Harold Bloom (in)
Hardcover (no d.j.)
A book in the series Bloom’s Modern Critical Views, a gathering of a representative selection of the best contemporary criticism of the poets, novelists, essayists, & playwrights of the Western world who are most widely studied & read. This volume discusses “The Tale of Genji,” written during the period of Heian Japan (794-1185) by a court lady, Murasaki Shikibu. The novel depicts courtly life in medieval Japan & spans about 70 years. The tale concerns Prince Genji & the many women he encounters -- their feelings, experiences, & fates -- as well as the lives of his children & grandchildren. The central work of Japanese literature, “The Tale of Genji’s” universal themes of love, ambition, & resentment continue to attract modern readers all over the world.
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