Early Modern Japanese Literature: An Anthology, 1600-1900

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Haruo Shirane
Columbia University Press, 10 jul. 2002 - 1392 páginas

This is the first anthology ever devoted to early modern Japanese literature, spanning the period from 1600 to 1900, known variously as the Edo or the Tokugawa, one of the most creative epochs of Japanese culture. This anthology, which will be of vital interest to anyone involved in this era, includes not only fiction, poetry, and drama, but also essays, treatises, literary criticism, comic poetry, adaptations from Chinese, folk stories and other non-canonical works. Many of these texts have never been translated into English before, and several classics have been newly translated for this collection.

Early Modern Japanese Literature introduces English readers to an unprecedented range of prose fiction genres, including dangibon (satiric sermons), kibyôshi (satiric and didactic picture books), sharebon (books of wit and fashion), yomihon (reading books), kokkeibon (books of humor), gôkan (bound books), and ninjôbon (books of romance and sentiment). The anthology also offers a rich array of poetry—waka, haiku, senryû, kyôka, kyôshi—and eleven plays, which range from contemporary domestic drama to historical plays and from early puppet theater to nineteenth century kabuki. Since much of early modern Japanese literature is highly allusive and often elliptical, this anthology features introductions and commentary that provide the critical context for appreciating this diverse and fascinating body of texts.

One of the major characteristics of early modern Japanese literature is that almost all of the popular fiction was amply illustrated by wood-block prints, creating an extensive text-image phenomenon. In some genres such as kibyôshi and gôkan the text in fact appeared inside the woodblock image. Woodblock prints of actors were also an important aspect of the culture of kabuki drama. A major feature of this anthology is the inclusion of over 200 woodblock prints that accompanied the original texts and drama.

 

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Índice

Early Modern Japan
1
Kana Booklets and the Emergence of a Print Culture
21
Ihara Saikaku and the Books of the Floating World
42
Early Haikai Poetry and Poetics
170
The Poetry and Prose of Matsuo Basho
178
Chikamatsu Monzaemon and the Puppet Theater
233
Confucian Studies and Literary Perspectives
352
Confucianism in Action An Autobiography of a Bakufu Official
371
Kibyoshi Satiric and Didactic Picture Books
672
Kokkeibon Comic Fiction for Commoners
730
Ninjobon Sentimental Fiction
760
Gokan Extended Picture Books
800
Ghosts and NineteenthCentury Kabuki
843
Late Yomihon History and the Supernatural Revisited
885
Nativizing Poetry and Prose in Chinese
910
The Miscellany
925

Chinese Poetry and the Literatus Ideal
382
The Golden Age of Puppet Theater
389
Dangibon and the Birth of Edo Popular Literature
449
Comic and Satiric Poetry
520
Literati Meditations
538
Early Yomihon History Romance and the Supernatural
563
EighteenthCentury Waka and Nativist Study
599
Sharebon Books of Wit and Fashion
631
EarlyNineteenthCentury Haiku
932
Waka in the Late Edo Period
947
Rakugo
961
EnglishLanguage Bibliography
969
Index
983
Permissions
1019
Other Works in the Columbia Asian Studies Series
1021
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Sobre el autor (2002)

Haruo Shirane is Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature and Culture at Columbia University. His publications include The Bridge of Dreams: Poetics of the Tale of Genji and Traces of Dreams: Landscape, Cultural Memory, and the Poetry of Basho.

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