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This edition: The Tale of Genji, Part One

Episode Details

Original tape date: March 4, 2019.

First aired: April 2, 2019.

The Tale of Genji (Part One) features the first major exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum, focusing on the artistic tradition inspired by a classic work of Japanese literature, "The Tale of Genji." Written by Murasaki Shikibu in the early eleventh-century imperial court, the tale is often referred to as the world's first novel.

The exhibition features more than 120 works inspired by the novel, covering the period from the eleventh century to the present.

In Part One, Harvard professor Melissa McCormick, curator of the exhibition, leads the audience on a discovery tour of Japanese art and culture; John T. Carpenter, Curator of Japanese Art, at the Met, provides background information about Japanese literature
and language development of the time.

Guest List

John T. Carpenter Curator of Japanese Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Melissa McCormick Professor of Japanese Art and Culture, Harvard College