Magic as advanced technology

Margaret Ball margaret at
Sat Sep 18 19:53:34 EDT 2004

>However, _Genji_ is part of a
>larger tradition of female epistolary/novel writing in Heian Japan (wow,
>that sounds so educated!) and isn't really the first writing that the
>*Japanese* were doing, coming out of an oral culture.  By the time _Genji_
>appeared, the literary tradition was well established.  That might explain
>why it doesn't read the same as other firsts of oral-to-written culture.

Thanks for the background! That does help to explain the apparent anomaly.

Margaret Ball

“Americans treat their language with a furiously abundant energy – contriving two words for the price of one, hooking up unlikely neighbors with a hyphen, turning nouns into verbs and verbs into nouns – and generally beating the hell out of it.”

-Pamela Frankau

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