This month's task in the 2018 ONTD Reading Challenge is to read a book by a female author who is considered to be influential and has had a significant impact in literature, culture and/or society. There are ten suggested authors in this post, but please feel free to choose a different book from any of these recommended authors, and of course feel free to find a different author altogether!
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: "Murasaki's reputation and influence have not diminished since her lifetime when she, with other Heian women writers, was instrumental in developing Japanese into a written language. Her writing was required reading for court poets as early as the 12th century as her work began to be studied by scholars who generated authoritative versions and criticism. Within a century of her death she was highly regarded as a classical writer. In the 17th century, Murasaki's work became emblematic of Confucian philosophy and women were encouraged to read her books."
The Tale of Genji (first published 1008)
In the eleventh century Murasaki Shikibu, a lady in the Heian court of Japan, wrote the world's first novel.
But The Tale of Genji is no mere artifact. It is, rather, a lively and astonishingly nuanced portrait of a refined society where every dalliance is an act of political consequence, a play of characters whose inner lives are as rich and changeable as those imagined by Proust. Chief of these is "the shining Genji," the son of the emperor and a man whose passionate impulses create great turmoil in his world and very nearly destroy him.
This edition, recognized as the finest version in English, contains a dozen chapters from early in the book, carefully chosen by the translator, Edward G. Seidensticker, with an introduction explaining the selection. It is illustrated throughout with woodcuts from a seventeenth-century edition.( Collapse )
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