History Literature / TheTaleOfGenji

2nd Dec '16 11:28:02 PM Xtifr
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'''''The Tale of Genji''''' (源氏物語; ''Genji Monogatari'') is, by most modern definitions, the first written novel and the first modern novel. Its authorship is attributed to Creator/MurasakiShikibu, a noblewoman and lady-in-waiting of the Heian court; probably completed in the early 11th century, all tropes it provides are at least OlderThanPrint. While considered a Japanese and indeed worldwide classic, its influence on both Western and Eastern culture and literature are still not clearly defined and hotly debated.

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'''''The ''The Tale of Genji''''' Genji'' (源氏物語; ''Genji Monogatari'') is, by most modern definitions, the first written novel and the first modern novel. Its authorship is attributed to Creator/MurasakiShikibu, a noblewoman and lady-in-waiting of the Heian court; probably completed in the early 11th century, all tropes it provides are at least OlderThanPrint. While considered a Japanese and indeed worldwide classic, its influence on both Western and Eastern culture and literature are still not clearly defined and hotly debated.
7th Nov '16 3:49:57 PM roxana
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* BrokenBird: Many of the female characters have shades of this. The gifted Lady Akashi has an intractable inferiority complex due to being raised in the wilds of Suma by her eccentric parents. Lady Rokujo was on track to becoming empress when her husband suddenly died leaving her a wealthy widow but with no prospects for advancement. Oborozukiyo's life is essentially ruined by her affair with Genji, she still marries the Crown Prince but she can never love him and must live with her guilt.
7th Nov '16 3:31:52 PM roxana
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* DamselInDistress: In Heian literature this trope took the form of an orphaned lady living alone - except for servants - in a crumbling manor. Murasaki apparently thought this was a trope that deserved to die; ''her'' 'Princess in the Tangled Wood' is homely and socially inept and Genji takes up with her mostly out of pity.
7th Nov '16 3:07:33 PM roxana
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* ReallyGetsAround: Pretty much ''everybody''. Having multiple partners was completely normal behavior for both sexes, though if a woman accepted a man's protection she was supposed to be faithful to him.
7th Nov '16 2:45:38 PM roxana
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* JapaneseSpirit: According to Genji this is of little help when it comes to getting ahead in Heian society.
21st Aug '16 8:55:03 PM ShiroAkuma
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Hikaru Genji (literally "Shining One of the Minamoto Clan") is the illegitimate son of an unnamed Emperor of Japan, and considered [[{{Bishonen}} too handsome for his own good]]. After Genji's mother dies, his father reluctantly removes him from the line of succession and demotes him to commoner status. Genji takes up a job as an imperial officer, and the story follows his sexual, personal and political exploits through the lens of Heian aristocractic society.

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Hikaru Genji (literally "Shining One of the Minamoto Clan") is the illegitimate son of an unnamed Emperor of Japan, and considered [[{{Bishonen}} too handsome for his own good]]. After Genji's mother dies, his father reluctantly removes him from the line of succession and demotes him to commoner status. Genji takes up a job as an imperial officer, and the story follows his sexual, personal and political exploits through the lens of Heian aristocractic aristocratic society.
12th May '16 11:13:31 AM roxana
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** Needless to say Murasaki's adoption of her daughter is rather hard on Lady Akashi and gives her another reason to be jealous of Murasaki, and vice-versa. But eventually the two women bond over their common love for the little princess and an amused Genji finds himself listening to warm praises of Akashi from her formerly jealous rival Murasaki.
12th May '16 11:04:38 AM roxana
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* CulturalTranslation: The elegant Arthur Whaley translation is famous for doing this unusually well.
28th Apr '16 7:06:51 AM Black_Diesel
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->''"Alas, not for long will you see what you do now: any breath of wind may spill from a ''hagi'' frond the last trembling drop of dew."''

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->''"Alas, not for long will you see what you do now: any breath of wind may spill from a ''hagi'' frond the last trembling drop of dew."''
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19th Jan '16 8:45:39 AM RedSavant
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* DoesHeHaveABrother: Played literally and very {{squick}}y. In one chapter, after being spurned repeatedly by Utsusemi, Genji beds her younger brother (to the boy's delight), stating that he will do just as well.

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* DoesHeHaveABrother: Played literally and very {{squick}}y. In one another chapter, after being spurned repeatedly by Utsusemi, Genji beds her younger brother (to the boy's delight), stating that he will do just as well.
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