Dawn to the West: Japanese Literature of the the Modern Era

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The fourth book in a multivolume history of modern Japanese literature by one of the world's most accomplished translators and scholars of Japanese culture and literature, this volume offers unparalleled insight into Japanese poetry, drama, and criticism.
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Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review

The publication of Dawn to the West... will do even more to establish modern Japanese literature as one of the major literatures of the world.

Los Angeles Times
Dawn to the West makes modern Japanese literature accessible to all.
New Republic
A literary history that will long remain the authoritative account. . . . Keene's description of hundreds of works, of dozens of authors, often given with full précis and sometimes with textual quotes, is an indispensable account of an entire literature.
New York Times Book Review
The publication of Dawn to the West . . . will do even more to establish modern Japanese literature as one of the major literatures of the world. . . . Here, for the first time, in two monumental volumes, are Mr. Keene's readable, yet thoroughly scholarly, essays on virtually all aspects of modern Japan's major creative writing. The first volume of Dawn to the West, which is devoted to fiction, contains complete studies of all the important Japanese writers since the Meiji Restoration in 1868, both those widely read in the West and others less well known.
Originally published in 1984 by Holt, Rinehart and Winston, reprinted here with a brief new preface by the author. His two volumes, written over a 15-year period, study the literature written in Japan since the beginning of the new period inaugurated by the Meiji Restoration of 1868. The first focuses on fiction, while this second volume discusses poetry in traditional forms (modern tanka and modern haiku); in new forms in the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa periods; modern drama (kabuki, and shimpa and shingeki); and criticism in each period. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231114394
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 4/20/1999
  • Series: History of Japanese Literature Series
  • Pages: 698
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Hailed in the New York Times Book Review as "the century's leading expert on Japanese literature, as well as its most indefatigable translator," Donald Keene is Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature and University Professor Emeritus at Columbia University. He is the author, editor, or translator of over thirty books of criticism and works of literature, including No and Bunraku, Twenty Plays of the No Theater, Major Plays of Chikamatsu, The Pleasures of Japanese Literature, Three Plays by Kobo Abe, Modern Japanese Diaries, Essays in Idleness, and Travelers of a Hundred Ages (all published by Columbia).

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

PrefacePoetry in Traditional FormsIntroductionThe Modern TankaThe Modern HaikuPoetry in New FormsIntroductionThe Meiji Period (1868-1912)The Taisho Period (1912-1926)The Showa Period (from 1927)The Modern DramaIntroductionThe Literature of Modern KabukiThe Litearture of Shimpa and ShingekiModern CriticismIntroductionThe Meiji Period (1868-1912)The Taisho Period (1912-1926)The Showa Period (from 1927)GlossarySelected List of Translations into EnglishIndex

Columbia University Press

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