This week, we cover the life and work of one of Japan’s most famous authors: the 11th century courtier Murasaki Shikibu. Why do we know so little about who she was? What inspired her to write Genji? Why do I dislike her work so viscerally? And how did it become so famous?
Shriane, Haruo, editor. Envisioning the Tale of Genji: Media, Gender, and Cultural Production.
Shirane, Haruo. A Bridge of Dreams: The Poetics of the Tale of Genji.
Bowring, Richard, trans. The Diary of Lady Murasaki.