World Within Walls: Japanese Literature of the Pre-modern Era, 1600-1867, Volume 1

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Columbia University Press, 1999 - Literary Collections - 606 pages

The Tokugawa family held the shogunate from 1603 to 1867, ruling Japan and keeping the island nation isolated from the rest of the world for more than 250 years. Donald Keene looks within the "walls" of isolation and meticulously chronicles the period's vast literary output, providing both lay readers and scholars with the definitive history of premodern Japanese literature.

World Within Walls spans the age in which Japanese literature began to reach a popular audience--as opposed to the elite aristocratic readers to whom it had previously been confined. Keene comprehensively treats each of the new, popular genres that arose, including haiku, Kabuki, and the witty, urbane prose of the newly ascendant merchant class.

 

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Contents

HAIKAI POETRY THE BEGINNINGS OF HAIKAI NO RENGA COMIC LINKED VERSE
11
HAIKAI POETRY MATSUNAGA TEITOKU AND THE CREATION OF HAIKAI POETRY
21
HAIKAI POETRY DANRIN HAIKAI
40
HAIKAI POETRY THE TRANSITION TO BASHO
56
HAIKAI POETRY MATSUO BASHO 16441694
71
HAIKAI POETRY BASHOS DISCIPLES
123
FICTION KAMA ZOSHI
149
FICTION IHARA SAIKAKU 16421693
167
HAIKAI POETRY BUSON AND THE HAIKAI REVIVAL
337
HAIKAI POETRY HAIKAI OF THE LATE TOKUGAWA PERIOD
358
FICTION UEDAAKINARI 17341809
371
FICTION GESAKU FICTION
396
DRAMA EIGHTEENTHCENTURY KABUKI
438
DRAMA NINETEENTHCENTURY KABUKI
455
WAKA POETRY WAKA OF THE LATE TOKUGAWA PERIOD
477
WAKA POETRY COMIC POETRY
512

FICTION UKIYO ZOSHI
216
DRAMA THE BEGINNINGS OF KABUKI AND JORURI
230
DRAMA CHIKAMATSU MONZAEMON 16531725
244
DRAMA JORURI AFTER CHIKAMATSU
275
WAKA POETRY KOKUGAKU AND THE WAKA
300
POETRY AND PROSE IN CHINESE
535
SUMMARIES OF PLAYS
563
GLOSSARY OF JAPANESE TERMS AND CERTAIN JAPANESE AND CHINESE NAMES
571
INDEX
581
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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 whichWorld Within Walls is the second part, and more than 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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