The Tale of Genji

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Invitation to The Tale of Genji: The Foundational Elements of Japanese Culture (edX)

Explore the world's oldest novel written in the eleventh century and develop the perspective to understand Japanese classical literature and the foundation of Japanese culture. The Tale of Genji (Genji Monogatari) is a long-form narrative composed in Japan at the beginning of the eleventh century. It depicts relationships both [...]

Japanese Books: From Manuscript to Print (edX)

This course expands the definition of the “book” to include scrolls and albums, focusing on the reading experience of a variety of formats in Japan. You will begin by examining rare and beautifully preserved manuscripts in the Harvard Art Museums in an introduction exploring the material properties of Japanese [...]