Traditional Japanese Literature: An Anthology, Beginnings to 1600

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Haruo Shirane
Columbia University Press, Aug 22, 2008 - Fiction - 1255 pages
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Traditional Japanese Literature features 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 Heike as 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 Literature is a companion volume to Columbia University Press's Early Modern Japanese Literature: An Anthology, 1600-1900 and 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.

  

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Contents

Introduction l
1
Nihon shoki Chronicles of Japan
44
Provincial Gazetteers Fudoki
53
Manyoshu Collection of Myriad Leaves
60
Climbing Mount Kagu and Looking upon the land
65
Late Heian Waka and Monogatari
117
Ono no Komachi
127
Kokinshu Collection of Ancient and Modem Poems
146
Hymns in Japanese on the Pure Land Jodo wasan
653
Anecdotes Setsuwa
670
Travel Diaries
777
The Diary of the Sixteenth Night Izayoi nikki
778
Lady Nijo
787
Kenko
820
A House Should Be Built for Summer
834
The Northern and Southern Courts Period
844

The Birth of Vernacular Prose Fiction
168
The Tales of Ise Ise monogatari
184
Minamoto no Tamenori
214
Mother of Michitsuna
222
Fnjiwara no Kioto
285
Murasaki Shikibu
293
Daughter of Takasue
452
Heian Literati
484
Late Heian and Early Kamakura Monogatari
497
Collection of TaIes of Times Now Past Konjaku monogatari shO
529
Buddhist Talcs from Japan
542
low the Governor of Mikawa Oe no Sadamoto Took Vows
548
ModernStyle Songs Imayo
560
3 The Kamakura Period
566
Fujiwara nO Teika
605
Kitabatake Chikafusa
851
Classical Linked Verse Renga
874
No Drama
917
Sumida River Sumidagawa
991
Ataka
1016
Zeami
1036
Linked Verse Renga
1076
Muromachi Tales Otogizoshi
1097
Little Songs Kouta
1150
Miscellaneous
1156
Mongrel Tsukuba Collection Inn Tsukubashu
1157
EnglishLanguage Bibliography
1183
Index
1211
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About the author (2008)

Haruo Shirane is Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University. He is the author and editor of numerous books on Japanese literature, including Envisioning the Tale of Genji: Media, Gender, and Cultural Production; Early Modern Japanese Literature: An Anthology, 1600-1900; and Classical Japanese: A Grammar.

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