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Japanese Literature: Researching Genji Monogatari

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JapanKnowledge database includes 源氏物語 in 『新編 日本古典文学全集』section.

青空文庫 includes 与謝野晶子 version of 源氏物語.

Books about the Tale of Genji

To find books about Genji monigatari (the tale of Genji), use subject heading search.  Try this subject heading Murasaki Shikibu, b. 978? Genji monogatari. Use Subject beginning search... on Basic Search screen in InfoHawk.

Or if you want to limit your search to English materials, switch to Advanced Search screen. Select Subject Words search with the same subject heading and set the language limit to English.


Other Subject Headings you may want to try:

  • Japanese literature -- Heian period, 794-1185 -- History and criticism.
  • Women authors, Japanese -- (Heian period, 794-1185)
  • Murasaki Shikibu, b. 978?

Also examine full record by clicking Display Full Record in InfoHawk to find additional Subject Headings useful for your paper topic.




Tale of Genji in Theater, etc.

Noh Theatre: The Tale of Genji Excerpts (Creative Arts Television, 1957) 26:37 mins (From Theatre in Video) Icon

Updated: 12/20/2013

The Tale of Genji Scroll

Kokuhō Genji monogatari emaki [art reproduction] : Gotō-bon /  國寶源氏物語繪卷 [art reproduction] : 五島本 Main Storage  Collection (Japanese Materials) ND1059.6.G4 G46 2013

Replica of the Tale of Genji scroll (miniature version) is now available in the UI Japanese Collection. If you'd like to know how to handle real Japanese scrolls, check out this online tutorial from the Freer and Sackler Gallery on YouTube: Safe Handling Practices for Japanese Handscrolls

Updated: 2/10/2014


Updated: 10/02/2015

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