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

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Columbia University Press, 1999 - Literary Collections - 1265 pages

Donald Keene employs his prodigious wealth of knowledge, critical insight, and narrative aplomb to guide readers through the first nine hundred years of Japanese literature -- a period that not only defined the unique properties of Japanese prosody and prose but also produced some of its greatest works. Covering courtly fiction, Buddhist writings, war tales, diaries, poems, and more, Seeds in the Heart explores a vast and variegated treasury of writings. Detailed textual examinations of classic texts -- from the Kojiki to The Tale of Genji, from The Pillow Book of Sei Sh˘nagon to Zeami's N˘ plays -- allow students, lay readers, and scholars a new understanding and enjoyment of this great literature.

 

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Contents

EARLY AND H E 1 AN LIT E R A T U R
33
Writings in Chinese or the Nara Period
53
Poetry and Prose in Chinese of the Early Heian Period
183
The Transition from the Manyāshū to the Kokinshū
195
Late Heian Collections of Waka Poetry
279
Late Heian Poetry and Prose in Chinese
343
Heian Diaries
359
The Pillow Book of Sei Shānagon
412
Essays in Idleness
852
Medieval War Tales
868
Renga
921
Diaries and Other Prose of the Muromachi Period
971
N÷ and Ky÷gen as Literature
999
Literature of the Five Mountains
1062
181
1084
OtogiZ÷shi Io92
1105

The Beginnings of Fiction
435
The Tale of Genji
515
Mirrors of History
553
Tale Literature
568
T H E M I D D l E A G E s Introduction
609
Tales of Warfare
613
The Age of the Shin Kokinshū
643
Waka Poetry of the Kamakura and Muromachi Periods
699
Buddhist Writings of the Kamakura Period
749
62
783
Courtly Fiction of the Kamakura Period
789
Diaries of the Kamakura Period
825
The Late Sixteenth Century I 129
1129
Glossary
1176
Selected List of Translations into English
1184
Index
1189
218
1194
277
1204
433
1210
477
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515
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568
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Donald Keene is Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature and University Professor Emeritus at Columbia University. He is the author of a multivolume history of Japanese literature, of which Seeds in the Heart is the first part, and at least thirty other books, including many translations from Japanese literature. He has received numerous honors in both the United States and Japan, and is a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

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