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Narrating Seduction: The Tale of Genji

Semester and Year FA 2011
Course Number IDSEM-UG1614
Section 001
Instructor Nina Cornyetz
Days Wed
Time 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Units 2.0
Level U
Foundation Requirement HUM, GLOBAL


Course meets during the first seven weeks only, September 6–October 23.


Written in the eleventh century by a noble lady of the Japanese court, the Tale of Genji has been called the world’s first novel, and even the world’s first psychological novel. But can we really use the terms “novel” and “psychological” to describe the narrative? In this seven-week course we will read and compare two English translations of the text, by Seidensticker and Tyler. Each week we will supplement our readings with selected secondary sources to focus our attention on such topics as: narration, visuality, sexual politics, relation to reality, poetics, and aesthetics in the text.



Course Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

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