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THE TRAIL OF GENJI, Spring 2006

[Instructor]
Andrew Armour

[Course Guide]

Course Description:

Written a thousand years ago, The Tale of Genji has won international fame as "the world's first novel". Partly because of this distinction, it is apt to be viewed as an isolated phenomenon, almost an aberration. In an attempt to correct such a perspective, this course will trace the roots of this Heian masterpiece, introducing the major extant works that preceded it. The focus is on literature, but political and cultural developments will also be covered in order to throw light on the historical background and mental atmosphere of the period.

Classes: 13
One 90-minute class per week

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