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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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(p.211) Afterword
The Sarashina Diary

Itō Moriyuki

Columbia University Press

This afterword reflects on the Sarashina Diary and collaboration with Sonja Arntzen for this book. It also comments on Ivan Morris's English translation of the diary, As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams (1971), noting that the words “a Bridge of Dreams” in the title harked back to the title of the last chapter of the Tale of Genji. Morris was of the opinion that the title of the diary had nothing to do with Sugawara no Takasue no Musume. In contrast, Arntzen and this afterword takes exactly the opposite position on this point, arguing that the title Sarashina Diary is imbued with a deep literary symbolism. Takasue no Musume writes that in her youth, she read the Tale of Genji so well and often. But she sought out many kinds of literary works, both fiction and poetry. For Takasue no Musume, life and literature were inseparable.

Keywords:   literary symbolism, literature, Sarashina Diary, Sonja Arntzen, Ivan Morris, Tale of Genji, Sugawara no Takasue no Musume

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