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Historical Dictionary of Modern Japanese Literature and Theater (Historical Dictionaries of Literature and the Arts) [Kindle Edition]

Scott J. Miller

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Book Description

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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The author, professor of Japanese and comparative literature at Brigham Young University, acknowledges that there are other possible starting points for the modern period in Japanese literature but begins reasonably enough with the restoration of the Meiji emperor in 1868. Miller defines Japanese literature “generally as that written in the Japanese language.” Following the pattern of earlier volumes in Scarecrow’s Historical Dictionaries of Literature and the Arts, he provides a chronology, a brief introduction, a dictionary section (of some 400 entries in 148 pages), and an extensive bibliography. Entries in the dictionary section include writers (the largest category), notable works of literature, genres, prizes, and a wide variety of short essays on subjects from Aestheticism to Suicide. There are entries for Ainu literature, Atomic bomb literature, Buddhist literature, and Children’s literature as well as I-novels, Cell-phone novels, Detective novels, and Manga. Cross-referencing is generous, acknowledging that some readers may look for a term under its Japanese name while others know only its English counterpart. The bibliography and bibliographical essay are some 40 pages. Illustrations are limited to six photographic portraits (Haruki Murakami in color on the cover and five in black and white inside) and a page of small maps. Recommended for academic libraries. Miller knows his subject and makes interesting observations throughout. --Craig Bunch


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) )

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. (CHOICE, May 2010 )

Recommended for academic libraries. Miller knows his subject and makes interesting observations throughout. (Booklist, January 2010 )

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  • File Size: 1490 KB
  • Print Length: 235 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B002N8AEDU
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press (July 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C59MXT0
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