DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that most widely considered psychological novel was written in Japan? The Tale of Genji, a classic work of Japanese literature, was written during the early years of the 11th century by noblewoman and lady-in-waiting Murasaki Shikibu. Although plenty of translations have been attempted, with much difficulty since it was written in archaic language and a poetic and confusing style that would make it unreadable to the average Japanese without dedicated study, the work is a unique depiction of the lifestyles of high courtiers during the Heian period. In 1882, the first English translation was attempted, but was lacking in quality and was incomplete. During the early 20th century, The Tale of Genji was finally translated into modern Japanese by the poet Akiko Yosano.
In the Western Hemisphere, meanwhile, the origins of the psychological themes in novels can be traced as far back as Giovanni Boccaccio’s Elegia di Madonna Fiammetta, The Elegy of Lady Fiammetta in English, which was written in 1344, before the term psychology was even coined. Boccaccio’s work is written in the form of a first-person confessional monologue describing the protagonist, Fiammetta, and her passion and tragic love affair with a Florentine merchant named Panfilo.
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