The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Literature

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Featuring choice selections from the core anthologies The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Literature: From Restoration to Occupation, 1868-1945, and The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Literature: From 1945 to the Present, this collection offers a concise yet remarkably rich introduction to the fiction, poetry, drama, and essays of Japan's modern encounter with the West. Spanning a period of exceptional invention and transition, this volume is not only a critical companion to courses on Japanese literary and intellectual development but also an essential reference for scholarship on Japanese history, culture, and interactions with the East and West.

The first half covers the three major styles of literary expression that informed Japanese writing and performance in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: classical Japanese fiction and drama, Chinese poetry, and Western literary representation and cultural critique. Their juxtaposition brilliantly captures the social, intellectual, and political challenges shaping Japan during this period, particularly the rise of nationalism, the complex interaction between traditional and modern forces, and the encroachment of Western ideas and writing. The second half conveys the changes that have transformed Japan since the end of the Pacific War, such as the heady transition from poverty to prosperity, the friction between conflicting ideologies and political beliefs, and the growing influence of popular culture on the country's artistic and intellectual traditions. Featuring sensitive translations of works by Nagai Kafu, Natsume Soseki, Oe Kenzaburo, Kawabata Yasunari, Mishima Yukio, and many others, this anthology relates an essential portrait of Japan's dynamic modernization.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231157230
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/2011
  • Series: Modern Asian Literature Series
  • Pages: 896
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Thomas Rimer is emeritus professor of Japanese literature, theater, and art at the University of Pittsburgh. He has also taught at Washington University in St. Louis and at the University of Maryland, and he served for several years as head of the Asian Division of the Library of Congress. He is the author, coauthor, editor, and translator of several works, including Traditional Japanese Arts and Culture: An Illustrated Sourcebook and A Reader's Guide to Japanese Literature.

Van C. Gessel is professor of Japanese literature at Brigham Young University. He is the author of Three Modern Novelists: Soseki, Tanizaki, Kawabata; coeditor of The Showa Anthology: Modern Japanese Short Stories; and translator of six literary works by the Japanese Catholic novelist Endo Shusaku, including The Samurai and Deep River.

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Table of Contents

1. First Experiments
Mori Ogai
"The Dancing Girl"
San'yutei Encho
The Ghost Tale of the Peony Lantern
Tokai Sanshi
Strange Encounters with Beautiful Women
"Spring Blossoms into Flower"
Yuasa Hangetsu
"Twelve Stones"
Ueki Emori
"Liberty Song"
Ochiai Naobumi
"Song of the Faithful Daughter Shiragiku"
Shimazaki Toson
"The Foxís Trick"
"First Love"
Yosano Hiroshi
"Victory Arches"
"Withered Lotus"
Takeshima Hagoromo
"The Maiden Called Love"
2. Beginnings
Futabatei Shimei
Drifting Clouds
Izumi Kyoka
The Holy Man of Mount Koya
Koda Rohan
The Icon of Liberty
Kunikida Doppo
"Meat and Potatoes"
Masamune Hakucho
"The Clay Doll"
Mori ogai
"The Boat on the River Takase"
Nagai Kafu
"The Mediterranean in Twilight"
Ozaki Koyo
The Gold Demon
Shimazaki Toson
"The Life of a Certain Woman"
Tayama Katai
"The Girl Watcher"
Tokuda Shusei
"The Town's Dance Hall"
Tokutomi Roka
Poetry in the International Style
Kodama Kagai
"The Suicide of an Unemployed Person"
"The Setting Sun"
Ishikawa Takuboku
"Better than Crying"
"Do Not Get Up"
"A Spoonful of Cocoa"
"After Endless Discussions"
Kawai Suimei
"Living Voice"
Kitahara Hakush
"Anesthesia of Red Flowers"
"Spider Lilies"
Yamamura Bocho
Takamura Kotaro
"Bear Fur"
"A Steak Platter"
Kinoshita Mokutaro
"Nagasaki Style"
"Gold Leaf Brandy"
Yosano Akiko
"Beloved, You Must Not Die"
"In the First Person"
"A Certain Country"
"From Parison a Postcard"
"The Heart of a Thirtyish Woman"
Poetry in Traditional Forms
Tanka and Haiku
Ishikawa Takuboku
Masaoka Shiki
Natsume Soseki
Wakayama Bokusui
Yosano Akiko
"The Dancing Girl"
"Spring Thaw"
Natsume Soseki
"The Civilization of Modern-Day Japan"
"My Individualism"
Yosano Akiko
"An Open Letter"
3. The Interwar Years
Akutagawa Ryunosuke
"The Nose"
"The Christ of Nanking"
Arishima Takeo
"The Clock that Does Not Move"
Edogawa Ranpo
"The Human Chair"
Hori Tatsuo
The Wind Has Risen
Inagaki Taruho
One-Thousand-and-One-Second Stories
Ito Sei
"A Department Store Called M"
Kajii Motojiro
"The Lemon"
Kawabata Yasunari
"The Dancing Girl of Izu"
Kobayashi Takiji
"The Fifteenth of March, 1928"
Kuroshima Denji
"A Flock of Circling Crows"
Miyamoto Yuriko
"A Sunless Morning"
Origuchi Shinobu
Writings from the Dead
Shiga Naoya
"The Diary of Claudius"
"The Paper Door"
"The Shopboy's God"
Takeda Rintaro
"The Lot of Dire Misfortune"
Tani Joji
"The Shanghaied Man"
Tanizaki Jun'ichiro
"The Two Acolytes"
Uno Koji
"Landscape with Withered Tree"
Yokomitsu Riichi
"Mount Hiei"
Poetry in the International Style
Takamura Kotaro
"Cathedral in the Thrashing Rain"
Hagiwara Sakutaro
"On a Trip"
"Sickly Face at the Bottom of the Ground"
"The One Whoís in Love with Love"
"The Army"
"The Corpse of a Cat"
Miyazawa Kenji
"Spring & amp; Asura"
"The Morning of the Last Farewell"
"November 3rd"
Nishiwaki Junzaburo
Seven Poems from Ambarvalia
No Traveler Returns
Kitasono Katsue
"Collection of White Poems"
"Vin du masque"
Two Poems
"Almost Midwinter"
Kitasono's First Letter to Ezra Pound
Nakano Shigeharu
"Imperial Hotel"
"Paul Claudel"
"The Rate of Exchange"
Poetry in Traditional Forms
Akutagawa Ryonosuke
Kitahara Hakushu
Mitsuhashi Takujo
Ogiwara Seisensui
Okamoto Kanoko
Ozaki Hosai
Saito Mokichi
Shaku Choku
Sugita Hisajo
Taneda Santoka
Yamaguchi Seishi
Kishida Kunio
The Swing
Tanizaki Jun'ichiro
Okuni and Gohei
Kobayashi Hideo
"Literature of the Lost Home"
Sato Haruo
"Discourse on 'Elegance'"
4. The War Years
Dazai Osamu
"December 8th"
Ishikawa Tatsuzo
Soldiers Alive
Kajiyama Toshiyuki
"The Clan Records"
Nakajima Atsushi
"The Ox Man"
ooka Shohei
Taken Captive
ota Yoko
Shimao Toshio
"The Departure Never Came"
Uno Chiyo
"A Wife's Letters"
Poetry in the International Style
Takamura Kotaro
"The Elephant's Piggy Bank"
"The Final Battle for the Ryukyu Islands"
Yoshida Issui
Kusano Shinpei
"Mount Fuji"
Oguma Hideo
"Long, Long Autumn Nights"
Poetry in Traditional Forms
Saitp Sanki
Toki Zenmaro
Hagiwara Sakutaro
"Return to Japan"
Kobayashi Hideo
"On Impermanence"
Sakaguchi Ango
"A Personal View of Japanese Culture"

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