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The Sarashina DiaryA Woman's Life in Eleventh-Century Japan$
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Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231167185

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231167185.001.0001

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Text and Intertext

Text and Intertext

The Sarashina Diary and the Tale of Genji

Chapter:
(p.61) 5 Text and Intertext
Source:
The Sarashina Diary
Author(s):

Sonja Arntzen

Itō Moriyuki

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231167185.003.0005

This chapter examines the Sarashina Diary in relation to the Tale of Genji. The Sarashina Diary secured for Sugawara no Takasue no Musume a place in Japanese literary history as the first “reader” of the Tale of Genji. Takasue no Musume's reading of the Tale of Genji was also closely intertwined with her reading of other texts such as the Kagerō Diary and the Murasaki Shikibu Diary, which helped guide her to write the story of her own life. The Sarashina Diary can be seen as resisting the Kagerō Diary, particularly its critique of fiction. This chapter considers Takasue no Musume's portrayal of herself as a naive reader and how her penchant for this self-image relates to the Murasaki Shikibu Diary. It also discusses the Sarashina Diary's allusions to the Tale of Genji and concludes with some reflections on the deeper meaning of Takasue no Musume's identification with the character Ukifune in the Tale of Genji.

Keywords:   fiction, self-image, Sarashina Diary, Tale of Genji, Sugawara no Takasue no Musume, Kagerō Diary, Murasaki Shikibu Diary

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