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ENVISIONING “THE TALE OF GENJI”: Media, Gender, and Cultural Production, edited by Haruo Shirane. New York: Columbia University Press, 2008, 400 pp., 11 color plates, 66 b/w illustrations, $32.50 (paper)

“The Tale of Genji,” Murasaki Shikibu’s long monogatari, upwards of a thousand pages in translation, or some three- quarters of a million words, was written in the early 11th century and is often called the world’s first novel.

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