Seeds in the Heart Japanese Literature from Earliest Times to the Late Sixteenth Century

ISBN-10: 0231114419

ISBN-13: 9780231114417

Edition: 1999

Authors: Donald Keene

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Donald Keene, a noted authority in the field, offers a guide through the first 900 years of Japanese literature. This period not only defined the unique properties of Japanese prose and prosody, but also produced some of its greatest works.
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Book details

List price: $47.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 12/31/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 1265
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.75" 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
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Early and Heian Literature
The Kojiki
Writings in Chinese or the Nara Period
The Man'yoshu
Poetry and Prose in Chinese of the Early Heian Period
The Transition from the Man'yoshu to the Kokinshu
The Kokinshu
Late Heian Collections of Waka Poetry
Late Heian Poetry and Prose in Chinese
Heian Diaries
The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon
The Beginnings of Fiction
The Tale of Genji
Courtly Fiction After The Tale of Genji
Mirrors of History
Tale Literature
The Middle Ages
Introduction
Tales of Warfare
The Age of the Shin Kokinshu
Waka Poetry of the Kamakura and Muromachi Periods
Buddhist Writings of the Kamakura Period
Courtly Fiction of the Kamakura Period
Diaries of the Kamakura Period
Essays in Idleness
Medieval War Tales
Renga
Diaries and Other Prose of the Muromachi Period
No and Kyogen as Literature
Literature of the Five Mountains
Muromachi Fiction: Otogi-Zoshi
The Late Sixteenth Century
Glossary
Selected List of Translations into English
Index
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