Traditional Japanese Literature: An Anthology, Beginnings to 1600

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Haruo Shirane
Columbia University Press, 2007 - Fiction - 1255 pages

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'y˙sh, 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

Accretionary Genres and the House System
11
Nihon shoki Chronicles of Japan
44
Provincial Gazetteers Fudoki
53
Manyūshū Collection of Myriad Leaves
60
Climbing Mount Kagu and Looking upon the Land
65
Thirteen Poems in Praise of Saké
100
The Heian Period
110
A Question to Old Man Rush Basket
140
Shinkokinshū New Collection of Ancient and Modern Poems
607
Mourning
620
Hymns in Japanese on the Pure Land Jõdo wasan
653
Anecdotes Setsuwa
670
Tales of Renunciation Senjusho
695
The Bells of Gion Monastery
709
The Retired Emperor Visits Õhara
766
Travel Diaries
777

Kokinshū Collection of Ancient and Modern Poems
146
The Birth of Vernacular Prose Fiction
168
The Tales of Ise Ise monogatari
184
Minamoto no Tamenori
214
Mother of Michitsuna
222
Sei Shõnagon
247
Fifteenth Night With Harvest Moon
288
Daughter of Takasue
452
Heian Literati
484
Late Heian and Early Kamakura Monogatari
497
Collection of Tales of Times Now Past Konjaku monogatarishū
529
How the Lion Showed Compassion for a Monkeys Children
535
Buddhist Tales from Japan
542
How the Governor of Mikawa Oeno Sadamoto Took Vows
548
ModernStyle Songs Imayo
560
The Kamakura Period
566
Poetry Match at the Residence of Chamberlain Tadamichi
597
The Diary of the Sixteenth Night Izayoi nikki
778
Lady Nijö
787
Kenkö
820
A House Should Be Built for Summer
834
The Northern and Southern Courts Period
844
Kitabatake Chikafusa
851
Taiheiki Chronicle of Great Peace
857
Classical Linked Verse Renga
874
Sumida River Sumidagawa
991
Zeami
1036
Linked Verse Renga
1076
Muromachi Tales Otogizoshi
1097
Little Songs Kouta
1150
Mongrel Tsukuba Collection Inu Tsukubashii
1157
EnglishLanguage Bibliography
1183
Index
1211
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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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