Classical Japanese Prose: An Anthology

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Helen Craig McCullough
Stanford University Press, 1990 - Literary Collections - 578 pages
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This volume brings together in convenient form a rich selection of Japanese prose dating from the ninth to the seventeenth centuries, a period during which the preeminent cultural and aesthetic values were those of the Heian court. It contains 22 works representing all the major indigenous literary forms, either complete or in generous excerpts, and is particularly rich in writing by women and in autobiographical writings.

This anthology contains longer selections than the only other available anthology, which was published in the 1950s, and each selection is preceded by an introduction reflecting the most recent scholarship. With three exceptions, all the translations are by the compilers, and almost all of them are published here for the first time.

Because of space limitations, the compiler has omitted the two long masterpieces of the age, The Tale of Genji and The Tale of Heike, which deserve to be read in their entirety, and which are available in paperback English translations. The book contains an extensive general introduction, thirteen illustrations, five maps, a glossary, and a selected bibliography of works in English translation.

 

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Contents

Introduction i
10
The Ancestor of All Romances
27
A NinthCentury Nobleman and the Courtly Ideal
38
Pioneering Memoirists of the Tenth Century
70
A Court Ladys Musings
156
A HistorianBiographer of the Eleventh Century
200
Short Tales of Aristocratic Life 2 51
251
Heian and Medieval Setsuwa
271
Medieval RecluseMemoirists
377
A HistorianBiographer of the Fourteenth Century
447
A Military Tale
472
Two Companion Booklets
495
Travel Accounts by Matsuo Basho
510
Appendixes
555
Selected Bibliography of Works in English Translation
575
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Women Memoirists of the Medieval Period
288

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