Historical Dictionary Of Modern Japanese Literature And Theater

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With the Meiji Restoration in 1868, Japan opened its doors to the West and underwent remarkable changes as it sought to become a modern nation. Accompanying the political changes that Western trade ushered in were widespread social and cultural changes. Newspapers, novels, poems, and plays from the Western world were soon adapted and translated into Japanese. The combination of the rich storytelling tradition of Japan with the realism and modernism of the West produced some of the greatest literature of the ...

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With the Meiji Restoration in 1868, Japan opened its doors to the West and underwent remarkable changes as it sought to become a modern nation. Accompanying the political changes that Western trade ushered in were widespread social and cultural changes. Newspapers, novels, poems, and plays from the Western world were soon adapted and translated into Japanese. The combination of the rich storytelling tradition of Japan with the realism and modernism of the West produced some of the greatest literature of the modern age. Historical Dictionary of Modern Japanese Literature and Theater presents a broad perspective on the development and history of literature—narrative, poetry, and drama—in modern Japan. This book offers a chronology, introduction, bibliography, and over 400 cross-referenced dictionary entries on authors, literary and historical developments, trends, genres, and concepts that played a central role in the evolution of modern Japanese literature.

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American Reference Books Annual
The author's explanations of Japanese literature, culture, life, and society reflect a profound knowledge of the country. . . . This book brims with information about the authors and their works of the 1868-2008 period and helps to explain Japanese scholarship to Western readers.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
The author's explanations of Japanese literature, culture, life, and society reflect a profound knowledge of the country. . . . This book brims with information about the authors and their works of the 1868-2008 period and helps to explain Japanese scholarship to Western readers.
May 2010 CHOICE
Miller provides a comprehensive overview of Japanese literature from the earliest modern works to the most recent literary trends, such as postmodern literature, manga, and keitai shosetsu (cell-phone novels).... This detailed overview of modern Japanese literature is a useful introduction to the topic and an indispensable reference source.... Essential.
January 2010 Booklist
Recommended for academic libraries. Miller knows his subject and makes interesting observations throughout.
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Meet the Author

J. Scott Miller is professor of Japanese and comparative literature at Brigham Young University. In addition to teaching a variety of courses exploring Japanese culture he publishes books, articles, and translations of Japanese fiction.

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