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Lit. The False Murasaki and the Rustic Genji. An extremely popular mid-19c novel written by Ryuutei Tanehiko F (1783-1842) and illustrated by Utagawa Kunisada ̐썑 (1786-1865). The most famous example of serialized *goukan (bound together volumes) literature, the story parodies the early 11c, GENJI MONOGATARI (The Tale of Genji; see *genji-e G) by *Murasaki Shikibu while drawing on themes from *kabuki ̕. Set in the reign of Ashikaga Yoshimasa `, the narrative revolves around Mitsuuji , an illegitimate son of the shougun R, who sets out to recover his father's three lost treasures. The plot includes numerous love affairs while also adding kabuki-esque elements such as murderous villains. Tsuruya Kiemon ߉Eq published the novel in 38 parts between 1829-42. Kunisada also created several independent series of *nishiki-e ъG prints based on his illustrations for Tsuruya's edition, including one in which Utagawa Hiroshige ̐Ld (also known as Andou Hiroshige, 1797-1858) provided the background landscapes.
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