Early Modern Japanese Literature: An Anthology, 1600-1900 / Edition 1

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Overview

Early Modern Japanese Literature introduces English readers to an unprecedented range of prose fiction genres, including dangibon (satiric sermons), kibyoshi (satiric picture books), sharebon (books of wit and fashion), yomihon (reading books), kokkeibon (books of humor), gokan (bound books), and ninjobon (books of romance and sentiment). The anthology offers a rich array of poetry - waka, haiku, senryu, kyoka, kyoshi - and eleven plays that range from contemporary domestic drama to historical plays and from early puppet theater to nineteenth century kabuki. The collection also features more than two hundred woodblock prints that accompanied the original texts and dramas.
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Editorial Reviews

Asian Theatre Journal - Julie Iezzi

This volume has much to offer both students and scholars of Japanese theatre.

Asian Theatre Journal
This volume has much to offer both students and scholars of Japanese theatre.

— Julie Iezzi

Monumenta Nipponica - Robert N. Huey

This anthology stands alone. It is the first comprehensive anthology of early modern literature. The richness of content allows it to fulfill many different purposes...This volume provides a wealth of material.

Asian Studies Review - Hiroko Kobayashi

This book will become an indispensable reference, not only for students of Edo literature but also for those who have an interest in Japanese culture in general.

The Journal of Asian Studies - Haruko G. Iwasaki

This single volume from Columbia University Press has the bulk and the breadth to introduce to the full scope of Edo literature to the English-speaking world.

Monumenta Nipponica
This anthology stands alone. It is the first comprehensive anthology of early modern literature. The richness of content allows it to fulfill many different purposes...This volume provides a wealth of material.

— Robert N. Huey

Asahi.com

Shirane has given us so many angles from which to view this unique society that before long we almost feel we have joined it.

The Journal of Asian Studies
This single volume from Columbia University Press has the bulk and the breadth to introduce to the full scope of Edo literature to the English-speaking world.

— Haruko G. Iwasaki

Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies

[This] will serve as the standard anthology for some time to come.

Asian Studies Review

This book will become an indispensable reference, not only for students of Edo literature but also for those who have an interest in Japanese culture in general.

Thomas Rimer

There has quite simply never been a collection like this one. It's an experience not to be missed, and it will give pleasure to many.

Sonja Arntzen

This volume provides a cornucopia of early modern Japanese texts, from high to low, the cool reason of philosophy and literary criticism to 'hot' fiction for popular consumption, Rai Sanyo's history to Chikamatsu's historical drama, kanshi to haiku, autobiography to ghost stories. On the basis of this volume alone, one can mount a comprehensive course in Edo literature.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231109918
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 8/25/2004
  • Series: Translations from the Asian Classics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1392
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Haruo Shirane is Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature and Culture at Columbia University and author of The Bridge of Dreams: A Poetics of The Tale of Genji and Traces of Dreams: Landscape, Cultural Memory and the Poetry of Basho. With Columbia University Press, he has published Traditional Japanese Literature; Classical Japanese: A Grammar; Classical Japanese Reader and Essential Dictionary; and Envisioning The Tale of Genji: Media, Gender, and Cultural Production.

University of Tokyo Press

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Table of Contents

1 Early modern Japan 1
2 Kana booklets and the emergence of a print culture 21
3 Ihara Saikaku and the books of the floating world 42
4 Early Haikai poetry and poetics 170
5 The poetry and prose of Matsuo Basho 178
6 Chikamatsu Monzaemon and the puppet theater 233
7 Confucian studies and literary perspectives 352
8 Confucianism in action : an autobiography of a Bakufu official 371
9 Chinese poetry and the literatus ideal 382
10 The golden age of puppet theater 389
11 Dangibon and the birth of Edo popular literature 449
12 Comic and satiric poetry 520
13 Literati meditations 538
14 Early yomihon : history, romance, and the supernatural 563
15 Eighteenth-century waka and nativist study 599
16 Sharebon : books of wit and fashion 631
17 Kibyoshi : satiric and didactic picture books 672
18 Kokkeibon : comic fiction for commoners 730
19 Ninjobon : sentimental fiction 760
20 Gokan : extended picture books 800
21 Ghosts and nineteenth-century kabuki 843
22 Late yomihon : history and the supernatural revisited 885
23 Nativizing poetry and prose in Chinese 910
24 The miscellany 925
25 Early-nineteenth-century haiku 932
26 Waka in the late Edo period 947
27 Rakugo 961
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