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World Within Walls Japanese Literature of the Pre-Modern Era, 1600--1867

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ISBN-10: 0231114672

ISBN-13: 9780231114677

Edition: 1999

Authors: Donald Keene, Donald E. McMillan

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The Tokugawa family held the shogunate from 1603 to 1867, ruling Japan and keeping the nation isolated from the rest of the world for over 250 years. This volume chronicles the vast literary output during this period of isolation.
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List price: $42.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 10/20/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 624
Size: 6.50" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.892
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
Literature From 1600-1770
Haikai Poetry: The Beginnings of Haikai no Renga (Comic Linked Verse)
Haikai Poetry: Matsunaga Teitoku and the Creation of Haikai Poetry
Haikai Poetry: Danrin Haikai
Haikai Poetry: The Transition to Basho
Haikai Poetry: Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)
Haikai Poetry: Basho's Disciples
Fiction: Kana Zoshi
Fiction: Ihara Saikaku (1642-1693)
Fiction: Ukiyo Zoshi
Drama: The Beginnings of Kabuki and Joruri
Drama: Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1653-1725)
Drama: Joruri after Chikamatsu
Waka Poetry: Kokugaku and the Waka
Literature from 1770-1867
Haikai Poetry: Buson and the Haikai Revival
Haikai Poetry: Haikai of the Late Tokugawa Period
Fiction: Ueda Akinari (1734-1809)
Fiction: Gesaku Fiction
Drama: Eighteenth-Century Kabuki
Drama: Nineteenth-Century Kabuki
Waka Poetry: Waka of the Late Tokugawa Period
Waka Poetry: Comic Poetry
Poetry and Prose in Chinese
Summaries of Plays
Glossary of Japanese Terms and Certain Japanese and Chinese Names
Index