Traditional Japanese Literature An Anthology, Beginnings to 1600

ISBN-10: 0231136978
ISBN-13: 9780231136976
Edition: 2008
Authors: Haruo Shirane
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Book details

List price: $50.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 8/22/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 1288
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 2.25" tall
Weight: 4.114
Language: English

Traditional Japanese Literaturefeatures a rich array of works dating from the very beginnings of the Japanese written language through the evolution of Japan's noted aristocratic court and warrior cultures. It contains stunning new translations of such canonical texts as The Tales of the Heikeas well as works and genres previously ignored by scholars and unknown to general readers. This volume includes generous selections from Man'ysh, The Tale of Genji, The Pillow Book, Kokinsh, and other classics of Japanese literature, as well as a stunning range of folk literature, epic tales of war, poetry, and no drama. The anthology offers an impressive representation of dramatic, poetic, and fictional works from both high and low culture, along with religious and secular anecdotes, literary criticism, and works written in Chinese by Japanese writers. The wealth of classical poetry, linked verse, and popular poetry is accompanied by extensive commentary. Traditional Japanese Literatureis a companion volume to Columbia University Press's Early Modern Japanese Literature: An Anthology, 1600-1900and part of its four-volume history of Japanese literature. Arranged by chronology and genre, the readings are insightfully introduced and placed into their political, cultural, and literary context, and the extensive bibliographies offer further study for scholars and readers. Including a wide range of classic and popular works in poetry, prose, and drama, this anthology presents a definitive overview of traditional Japanese literature and deepens our understanding of classical and medieval Japanese culture.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Children of Hagar
""A Mingled Race"": Walter Scott's Gypsies
Vagrant and Poet: The Gypsy and the ""Strange Disease of Modern Life""
In the Beginning Was the Word: George Borrow's Romany Picaresque
""Marks of Race"": The Impossible Gypsy in George Eliot
""The Last Romance"": Scholarship and Nostalgia in the Gypsy Lore Society
The Phantom Gypsy: Invisibility, Writing, and History
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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