Helen Craig McCullough (essay date 1968)
SOURCE: McCullough, Helen Craig. Introduction to Tales of Ise: Lyrical Episodes from Tenth-Century Japan, translated by Helen Craig McCullough, pp. 1-65. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1968.
[In the following excerpt, McCullough explores the importance of the figure of Narihira to the tales and comments on the difficulties of classifying Ise by genre and establishing its authorship.]
JAPANESE COURT POETRY IN THE NINTH AND TENTH CENTURIES
Tales of Ise is anonymous and of uncertain date, and so are a majority of its poems, but it is probably safe to assume that few, if any, of the poems are more recent than 950, and...
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