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Honors Comparative Literature: Heian Japan: Home


Researching Contexts for The Tale of Genji

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Finding and Evaluating Resources on the Internet

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Selected Websites

Teaching about Heian Japan. Downloadable PDF By Melinda Varner, Program for Teaching East Asia at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Genji’s People: Customs of the Heian Nobility by Richard Medhurst, Translator and editor, Nippon Communications Foundation

Imaging Japanese History: A Case Study of Heian Japan through Art: Japan's Four Great Emaki from Program for Teaching East Asia, University of Colorado