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The Columbia Companion to Modern East Asian Literature
     

The Columbia Companion to Modern East Asian Literature

by Joshua S. Mostow (Editor), Joshua Mostow (Editor), Sharalyn Orbaugh (Editor), Bruce Fulton (Editor), Kirk A. Denton (Editor)
 

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This extraordinary one-volume guide to the modern literatures of China, Japan, and Korea is the definitive reference work on the subject in the English language. With more than one hundred articles that show how a host of authors and literary movements have contributed to the general literary development of their respective countries, this companion is an essential

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This extraordinary one-volume guide to the modern literatures of China, Japan, and Korea is the definitive reference work on the subject in the English language. With more than one hundred articles that show how a host of authors and literary movements have contributed to the general literary development of their respective countries, this companion is an essential starting point for the study of East Asian literatures. Comprehensive thematic essays introduce each geographical section with historical overviews and surveys of persistent themes in the literature examined, including nationalism, gender, family relations, and sexuality.

Following the thematic essays are the individual entries: over forty for China, over fifty for Japan, and almost thirty for Korea, featuring everything from detailed analyses of the works of Tanizaki Jun'ichiro and Murakami Haruki, to far-ranging explorations of avant-garde fiction in China and postwar novels in Korea. Arrayed chronologically, each entry is self-contained, though extensive cross-referencing affords readers the opportunity to gain a more synoptic view of the work, author, or movement. The unrivaled opportunities for comparative analysis alone make this unique companion an indispensable reference for anyone interested in the burgeoning field of Asian literature.

Although the literatures of China, Japan, and Korea are each allotted separate sections, the editors constantly kept an eye open to those writers, works, and movements that transcend national boundaries. This includes, for example, Chinese authors who lived and wrote in Japan; Japanese authors who wrote in classical Chinese; and Korean authors who write in Japanese, whether under the colonial occupation or because they are resident in Japan. The waves of modernization can be seen as reaching each of these countries in a staggered fashion, with eddies and back-flows between them then complicating the picture further. This volume provides a vivid sense of this dynamic interplay.

Editorial Reviews

Choice
This beautifully designed book arrives at a time when Asian authors like Yasunari Kawabata, Kenzaburo Oe, and Gao Xingjian are receiving worldwide attention... Essential.
Book News
This far-reaching one-volume reference comprises 100-plus articles arranged in sections on Japan, China, and Korea. Each section is thoroughly introduced in thematic essays on the history and major themes of the country's literature.
MCLC Resource Center Publications
The extraordinary value of The Columbia Companion to Modern East Asian Literature lies in the determination and comprehensiveness of its effort to bring such a solidarity into being.... an invaluable reference guide for teaching, an inspiration for new kinds of research, and a daily reminder of the many reasons why we chose to study the literatures of East Asia in the first place.

— Margaret Hillenbrand

MCLC Resource Center Publications - Margaret Hillenbrand
The extraordinary value ofThe Columbia Companion to Modern East Asian Literature lies in the determination and comprehensiveness of its effort to bring such a solidarity into being.... an invaluable reference guide for teaching, an inspiration for new kinds of research, and a daily reminder of the many reasons why we chose to study the literatures of East Asia in the first place.
Library Journal
This excellent, carefully reasoned collection of essays is a perfect introduction to the modern literatures of Japan, China, and Korea. Mostow (Asian studies, Univ. of British Columbia, Vancouver) and a group of other editors have done a superb job in providing detailed, scholarly information and analyses that will prove invaluable to all studying East Asian literature. In order not to frustrate readers, the companion concentrates on authors who have been translated into English, thus dispensing with original-language names and titles even though they are transliterated. Each of the three geographic sections includes "Thematic Essays," which give historical, sociological, linguistic, and literary background. These are followed by a series of articles by about 80 scholars discussing "Authors, Works, and Schools" (more than 40 on China, 50 on Japan, and almost 30 on Korea). Some authors have been omitted (e.g., Feng Jicai and Dai Sijie in the Chinese section), but the collection is comprehensive enough to be of great use to patrons in all academic libraries.-Kitty Chen Dean, Nassau Community Coll., Garden City, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231113144
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
07/03/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
700
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.50(h) x 2.15(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Tomi Suzuki
A highly informative, stimulating companion to a rich array of modern Chinese, Japanese, and Korean literary texts from the late nineteenth century to the present. This thoughtfully edited, invaluable guide opens up new critical perspectives and presents individual authors and their works in a larger socio-historical and cross-regional context.

Howard Goldblatt
An essential resource for anyone interested in the literary arts of twentieth-century China, Japan, and Korea. This well conceived and highly readable volume features a wonderful blend of entries by established and younger scholars, and will serve both specialists and general readers alike.

David Der-wei Wang
This is the most comprehensive guide to date on modern East Asian literature. Its panoramic scope, historical concern and critical rigor will carry readers to a full appreciation of the dynamics of modern East Asian literature. All of the thematic essays and entries succeed in being lucid while never losing sight of the rich contexts in which their subjects occur. A splendid sourcebook!

J. Thomas Rimer
A thoughtful guide for those wishing to learn how to begin to grasp the nature of literary accomplishment in China, Korea, and Japan.... This is a remarkable achievement.

Meet the Author

Joshua S. Mostow is professor of Asian studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He is a contributor to Inventing the Classics: Modernity, National Identity, and Japanese Literature (Columbia, 2000).Kirk A. Denton, Bruce Fulton, and Sharalyn Orbaugh are associate editors of The Columbia Companion to Modern East Asian Literature.

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