In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges and a later meta agreement to have topic challenges lasting for two months and overlapping by one month, it is time to announce the July–August 2020 topic challenge.
Based on the number of votes, the seventh topic challenge of the year 2020 will be
The Tale of Genji
What's a topic challenge?
Participation is not obligatory in any sense, and questions on other works are more than welcome during July and August too; they just won't count as part of this topic challenge.
How can I take part?
By getting hold of The Tale of Genji and asking good questions about it. Questions about this novel should be tagged with the-tale-of-genji, murasaki-shikibu and japanese-literature. We'll keep a list of all such questions in an answer to this meta post.
The Tale of Genji, written in the early 11th century by the noblewoman and lady-in-waiting Murasaki Shikibu, is almost consistently described as the oldest novel in Japanese literature. Depending on how you define "novel" it may be the world's first novel.
There are English translations of the novel by Suematsu Kenchō (1882), Arthur Waley (1921-1933; see volume one on Archive.org), Edward Seidensticker (first volume 1976, followed by an abbreviated version) and Royall Tyler (2003).
- Vote for the next topic challenge (August–September), or propose your own!