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Genji and Heike : selections from the tale of Genji and the tale of the Heike

Author: Helen Craig McCullough; Murasaki Shikibu
Publisher: Stanford, California : Stanford University, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Tale of Genji and The Tale of the Heike are the two major works of classical Japanese prose. The complete versions of both works are too long to be taught in one term, and this abridgment answers the need for a one-volume edition of both works suitable for use in survey courses in classical Japanese literature or world literature in translation and by the general reader daunted by the complete works.
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Genre/Form: Translations
Translations into English
Named Person: Murasaki Shikibu; Murasaki Shikibu; Murasaki Shikibu; Murasaki Shikibu (0978?-1016?).
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Helen Craig McCullough; Murasaki Shikibu
ISBN: 0804722579 9780804722575 0804722587 9780804722582
OCLC Number: 28221107
Description: x, 490 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Other Titles: Heike monogatari.
Responsibility: translated, with introductions, by Helen Craig McCullough.
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This volume presents abridged versions of "The Tale of the Genji" and "The Tale of the Heike", two major works of classical Japanese prose. The text is intended to be suitable for use on courses in  Read more...

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"This work is very welcome as a textbook in college courses on premodern Japanese literature... McCullough is truly in her element when it comes to the Heike. Her introduction to this text consists Read more...

 
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