Modern Japanese Literature From 1868 to the Present Day

ISBN-10: 0802150950

ISBN-13: 9780802150950

Edition: N/A

Authors: Donald Keene
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Description: Modern Japanese Literature is Donald Keene's critically acclaimed companion volume to his landmark Anthology of Japanese Literature. Now considered the standard canon of modern Japanese writing translated into English, Modern Japanese Literature includes concise introductions to the writers, as well as a historical introduction by Professor Keene. Includes: "Growing Up" by Ichiyo, a lyrical story of pre-adolescence in the 90s; Natsume's story of "Botchan, " an ill-starred and ineffectual Huck Finn; Nagai's "The Sumida River"; Kokomitsu's Kafkaesque "Time"; Kawabata's "The Mole"; "Firefly Hunt"; a glimpse into Tanizaki's masterpiece "Thin Snow"; and the postwar work of such writers as Dazai and Mishima.

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Book details

List price: $18.00
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/31/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.572
Language: English

Donald Keene was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 18, 1922. He received a bachelor's degree in 1942, a master's degree in 1947, and a doctoral degree in 1951 from Columbia University. During World War II, he served as an intelligence officer in the Navy and worked translating for Japanese prisoners. He taught at Columbia University for 56 years and was named the Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature in 1986 and University Professor Emeritus. Keene is considered to be a "Japanologist". He has written, translated, or edited numerous books in both Japanese and English on Japanese literature and culture including The Pleasures of Japanese Literature, Essays in Idleness, So Lovely a Country Will Never Perish: Wartime Diaries of Japanese Writers, Three Plays of Kobo Abe, Twenty Plays of the No Theater, and The Breaking Jewel. His awards include the Kikuchi Kan Prize of the Society for the Advancement of Japanese Culture, the Japan Foundation Prize and the Tokyo Metropolitan Prize. Soon after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, Keene retired and moved to Japan with the intention of living out the remainder of his life there. He acquired Japanese citizenship, and adopted a Japanese legal name. This required him to relinquish his American citizenship, as Japan does not permit dual citizenship.

Note on Japanese Names and Pronunciation
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Preface
Introduction
The Beefeater
The Western Peep Show
The Thieves
Modern Poetry in Chinese
The Essence of the Novel
The Drifting Cloud
Growing Up
Old Gen
Modern Haiku: I
Botchan
The Broken Commandment
One Soldier
The River Sumida
Modern Poetry: I
Modern Waka
The Romaji Diary: [rōmaji Nikki] by Ishikawa Takuboku (1885-1912)
The Wild Goose
A Tale of Three Who Were Blind
Sanctuary
Han's Crime
At Kinosaki
The Madman on the Roof
The Tiger: [tora, 1918] by Kume Masao (1891-1952)
Kesa and Moritō
Hell Creen
The Cannery Boat
Time
Earth and Soldiers
The Mole
Modern Poetry: II
Modern Haiku: II
The Firefly Hunt
The Mother Of Captain Shigemoto
llon's Wife
T0ky0
O M I
Sh0rt Bibliography
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