Japanese Culture / Edition 4

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Overview

Praise for the third edition:
"This is a masterpiece of much in little space. It neatly surveys over 2,000 years of the arts, religion, and cultural peculiarities (e.g., the tea ceremony) of one of the most cultivated of nations. It leaves virtually no major individual, religious sect, genre and style of visual art, form of literary expression, variety of theater, or influence of extra-Japanese origin unconsidered. It nonetheless admirably retains its focus, ignoring the temptation to relate history that doesn't impinge on cultural developments. What's more, Varley writes superbly lucid prose.... A superior one-volume introduction to Japanese culture." --Booklist high praise as an accurate and well-written introduction to Japanese history and culture. This widely used undergraduate text is now available in a new edition. Thoroughly updated, the fourth edition includes expanded sections on numerous topics, among which are samurai values, Zen Buddhism, the tea ceremony, Confucianism in the Tokugawa period, the story of the forty-seven ronin, Mito scholarship in the early nineteenth century, and mass culture and comics in contemporary times.

Author Bio: Paul Varley is emeritus professor at Columbia University and Sen Soshitsu XV Professor of Japanese Cultural History at the University of Hawai'i.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824821524
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 278,869
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Major Periods and Cultural Epochs of Japanese History
Chinese Dynasties Since the Time of Unification Under the Han
Author's Notes
1 The Emergence of Japanese Civilization 1
2 The Introduction of Buddhism 19
3 The Court at Its Zenith 48
4 The Advent of a New Age 77
5 The Canons of Medieval Taste 91
6 The Country Unified 140
7 The Flourishing of a Bourgeois Culture 164
8 Heterodox Trends 205
9 Encounter with the West 235
10 The Fruits of Modernity 271
11 Culture in the Present Age 304
Notes 353
Glossary 363
Selected Bibliography 367
Index 373
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