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History of Japanese Literature Japanese Literature in the Modern Era

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ISBN-10: 0231114354

ISBN-13: 9780231114356

Edition: 2nd (Reprint)

Authors: Donald Keene

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List price: $50.00
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 1/11/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 1329
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 2.50" tall
Weight: 3.982
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.

Preface to the Columbia Edition
Preface
Introduction
The Coming of the Enlightenment
Writing in Chinese of the Meiji Era
The Age of Translation
The Meiji Political Novel
Tsubouchi Shoyo and Futabatei Shimei
Koyo and the Ken'yusha
Koda Rohan
Higuchi Ichiyo
Kitamura Tokoku and Romanticism
Izumi Kyoka
Naturalism
Natsume Soseki
Mori Ogai
Nagai Kafu
The Shirakaba School
The "I Novel"
Akutagawa Ryunosuke
Proletarian Literature of the 1920s
Modernism and Foreign Influences
Tanizaki Jun'ichiro
Kawabata Yasunari
Tenko Literature: The Writings of Ex-Communists
War Literature
Postwar Literature
Dazai Osamu and the Burai-ha
The Revival of Writing by Women
Mishima Yukio
Appendix
Glossary
Selected List of Translations into English
Index