Genji: The Prince and the Parodies

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How artists have interpreted the intrigues and love stories of The Tale of Genji, one of the world’s oldest novels

Lady Murasaki’s Tale of Genji has delighted readers for more than 1,000 years and inspired writers to create numerous parodies. Artists have responded with a rich parallel tradition illustrating the courtly intrigues, love affairs and shifting alliances of the epic novel, as well as its retellings. This lavishly illustrated volume explores interpretations of the original story and its spinoffs by Japanese master printmakers such as Kunisada, as well as Hiroshige, Suzuki Harunobu and Chobunsai Eishi, bringing the characters to life in dazzling woodblock prints from the peerless collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
With insightful commentary from a leading Japanese print scholar, this book invites readers to explore the colorful world of The Tale of Genji and its visual afterlife.


  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ MFA Publications, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (November 23, 2021)
  • Author: Sarah E. Thompson
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 192 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0878468838
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0878468836
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.5 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 10 x 10.98 inches