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The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Literature (Modern Asian Literature Series) [Kindle Edition]

J. Thomas Rimer , Van C. Gessel
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Book Description

With choice selections from the core anthologies The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Literature: From Restoration to Occupation, 1868-1945, and The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Literature: From 1945 to the Present, this abridgement offers a concise yet remarkably rich introduction to the fiction, poetry, drama, and essays that reflect Japan's modern encounter with the West. Spanning a period of exceptional invention and transition, the volume forms a critical companion not only for courses in Japan's literary and intellectual development, but also for scholarship on its history, culture, and interactions with global actors, both east and west.

Selections in the first half explicitly convey the three major styles of literary expression that informed Japanese writing and performance in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: classical Japanese fiction and drama, Chinese poetry, and Western literary representation and cultural critique. Their juxtaposition brilliantly conveys the social, intellectual, and political challenges that shaped Japan during this period, particularly the rise of nationalism, the complex interaction between traditional and modern forces, and the encroachment of Western ideas and writing. Selections in the second half capture the changes that have been transforming Japan since the end of the Pacific War, such as the heady transition from poverty to prosperity, the friction between conflicting ideologies and political beliefs, and the growing influence of popular culture on the country's artistic and intellectual traditions. Featuring careful translations of works by such writers as Nagai Kafu, Natsume Soseki, Oe Kenzaburo, Kawabata Yasunari, and Mishima Yukio, this anthology fully comprehends the currents of a dynamic modernization.


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Praise for "The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Literature, Volumes 1 and 2" "An extremely ambitious anthology that fills a serious gap in resources for teaching modern Japanese literature. The translations represent sensitive and highly intelligent responses to some of the key texts of the period and constitute an enormous contribution to the field."--Stephen Snyder, University of California"A rich and comprehensive anthology that includes not only the finest samples of poetry, drama, and prose fiction but also what are often considered marginal, such as political accounts and detective stories.... An immense variety of literary scenes that illustrate stages of modernization in Japan."--Makoto Ueda, Stanford University

About the Author

J. Thomas Rimer is emeritus professor of Japanese literature, theater, and art at the University of Pittsburgh. He has also taught at Washington University in St. Louis and at the University of Maryland, and he served for several years as head of the Asian Division of the Library of Congress. He is the author, coauthor, editor, and translator of several works, including Traditional Japanese Arts and Culture: An Illustrated Sourcebook and A Reader's Guide to Japanese Literature.



Van C. Gessel is professor of Japanese literature at Brigham Young University. He is the author of Three Modern Novelists: Soseki, Tanizaki, Kawabata; coeditor of The Showa Anthology: Modern Japanese Short Stories; and translator of six literary works by the Japanese Catholic novelist Endo Shusaku, including The Samurai and Deep River.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1989 KB
  • Print Length: 983 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0231157231
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; Abridged Edition edition (November 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006G0CZCY
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection! March 9, 2014
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I chose the book for the talented translation of the rarest authors who are out of the focus and mainstream. For those who love reading good writers and translations.
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