Year 1000: The Tale of Genji
By: Kim Packard
Created March 2012
The Tale of Genji (源氏物語 Genji Monogatari) is a classic work of Japanese literature attributed to the Japanese noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu in the early 11th century, around the peak of the Heian period. It is sometimes called the world’s first novel, the first modern novel, the first psychological novel or the first novel still to be considered a classic.
Annenberg Learner – Invitation to Literature: The Tale of Genji
“The Tale of Genji has been translated into cinematic form several times: in 1951 by director Kōzaburō Yoshimura, in 1966 by director Kon Ichikawa, in 1987 by director Gisaburo Sugii, and in 2009 by director Osamu Dezaki. The latter two are anime. Sugii’s film is not a complete version, and basically covers the first 12 chapters, while adding in some psychological motivation that is not made explicit in the novel. Dezaki’s version is a television series.” (Wikipedia)