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Early Modern Japanese Literature: An Anthology 1600-1900



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This is the first anthology ever devoted to early modern Japanese literature, spanning the period from 1600 to 1900, known variously as the Edo or the Tokugawa, one of the most creative epochs of Japanese culture. This anthology, which will be of vital interest to anyone involved in this era, includes not only fiction, poetry, and drama, but also essays, treatises, literary criticism, comic poetry, adaptations from Chinese, folk stories and other non-canonical works. Many of these texts have never been translated into English before, and several classics have been newly translated for this collection.Early Modern Japanese Literatureintroduces English readers to an unprecedented range of prose fiction genres, including dangibon (satiric sermons), kiby˘shi (satiric and didactic picture books), sharebon (books of wit and fashion), yomihon (reading books), kokkeibon (books of humor), g˘kan (bound books), and ninj˘bon (books of romance and sentiment). The anthology also offers a rich array of poetry -- waka, haiku, senryű, ky˘ka, ky˘shi -- and eleven plays, which range from contemporary domestic drama to historical plays and from early puppet theater to nineteenth century kabuki. Since much of early modern Japanese literature is highly allusive and often elliptical, this anthology features introductions and commentary that provide the critical context for appreciating this diverse and fascinating body of texts.One of the major characteristics of early modern Japanese literature is that almost all of the popular fiction was amply illustrated by wood-block prints, creating an extensive text-image phenomenon. In some genres such as kiby˘shi and g˘kan the text in fact appeared inside the woodblock image. Woodblock prints of actors were also an important aspect of the culture of kabuki drama. A major feature of this anthology is the inclusion of over 200 woodblock prints that accompanied the original texts and drama.

Table of Contents

Historical Periods, Measurements, and Other Matters
Early Modern Japan
Kana Booklets and the Emergence of a Print Culture
Ihara Saikaku and the Books of the Floating World
Early Haikai Poetry and Poetics
The Poetry and Prose of Matsuo Bash
Chikamatsu Monzaemon and the Puppet Theater
Confucian Studies and Literary Perspectives
Confucianism in Action: An Autobiography of a Bakufu Official
Chinese Poetry and the Literatus Ideal
The Golden Age of Puppet Theater
Dangibon and the Birth of Edo Popular Literature
Comic and Satiric Poetry
Literati Meditations
Early Yomihon: History, Romance, and the Supernatural
Eighteenth-Century Waka and Nativist Study
Sharebon: Books of Wit and Fashion
Kiby_shi: Satiric and Didactic Picture Books
Kokkeibon: Comic Fiction for Commoners
Ninj_bon: Sentimental Fiction
G_kan: Extended Picture Books
Ghosts and Nineteenth-Century Kabuki
Late Yomihon: History and the Supernatural Revisited
Nativizing Poetry and Prose in Chinese
The Miscellany
Early-Nineteenth-Century Haiku
Waka in the Late Edo Period
Rakugo English-Language
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