The form was prominent around the 9th to 15th centuries, though some later works of the Edo period (1600-1868) are sometimes considered to be of the genre. The term was originally used in combination with bungaku (文学, "literature") to distinguish it from waka-bungaku (poetry), zuihitsu-bungaku (essays), and nikki-bungaku (travel accounts).
Many modern works, including novels, video games, and films, make use of the word "monogatari" in their titles, to lend something of a romantic or epic feeling to the works; this is most commonly translated into English as "The Tale of..."
Traditional monogatari are often divided into several sub-genres: Uta-monogatari (stories drawn from poetry), tsukuri-monogatari (aristocratic court romances), rekishi-monogatari (historical novels), gunki monogatari (martial epics), and setsuwa (anecdotal collections).
Philologist of an Abandoned Classic: Coterie Reading, Comic Commentary, and the Topos of the Found Manuscript in Ueda Akinari's Kuse Monogatari
Jan 01, 2009; Ueda Akinari's [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (1734-1809) Kuse monogatari [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (Tales of...
Arts: The Critics - Unfamiliar, Exotic and Universal ; David Thomson's TOP TEN FILMS - 4 `Ugetsu Monogatari', Kenji Mizoguchi, 1953
Jun 23, 2002; In 1952, when Sight and Sound conducted its first poll on the best films ever made, no Japanese picture appeared in the 10. Akira...