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Seeds in the Heart : Japanese Literature from Earliest Times to the Late Sixteenth Century - Donald Keene

Seeds in the Heart

Japanese Literature from Earliest Times to the Late Sixteenth Century

Paperback Published: 15th September 1999
ISBN: 9780231114417
Number Of Pages: 1265
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Donald Keene employs his prodigious wealth of knowledge, critical insight, and narrative aplomb to guide readers through the first nine hundred years of Japanese literature -a period that not only defined the unique properties of Japanese prosody and prose but also produced some of its greatest works. Covering courtly fiction, Buddhist writings, war tales, diaries, poems, and more, Seeds in the Heart explores a vast and variegated treasury of writings. Detailed textual examinations of classic texts -from the Kojiki to The Tale of Genji, from The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon to ZeamiĀ“s No plays -allow students, lay readers, and scholars a new understanding and enjoyment of this great literature.

"During the nine hundred years covered here... literature was primarily an aristocratic pursuit.... The elegance and urbanity of Keene's style suit this material." -- "The New Yorker" "During the nine hundred years covered here... literature was primarily an aristocratic pursuit.... The elegance and urbanity of Keene's style suit this material." -- The New Yorker "During the nine hundred years covered here... literature was primarily an aristocratic pursuit.... The elegance and urbanity of Keene's style suit this material." -- "The New Yorker"

Preface to the Columbia Editionp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Early and Heian Literature
The Kojikip. 33
Writings in Chinese or the Nara Periodp. 62
The Man'yoshup. 85
Poetry and Prose in Chinese of the Early Heian Periodp. 181
The Transition from the Man'yoshu to the Kokinshup. 218
The Kokinshup. 245
Late Heian Collections of Waka Poetryp. 277
Late Heian Poetry and Prose in Chinesep. 341
Heian Diariesp. 358
The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagonp. 412
The Beginnings of Fictionp. 433
The Tale of Genjip. 477
Courtly Fiction After The Tale of Genjip. 515
Mirrors of Historyp. 551
Tale Literaturep. 568
The Middle Ages
Introductionp. 609
Tales of Warfarep. 613
The Age of the Shin Kokinshup. 643
Waka Poetry of the Kamakura and Muromachi Periodsp. 699
Buddhist Writings of the Kamakura Periodp. 749
Courtly Fiction of the Kamakura Periodp. 789
Diaries of the Kamakura Periodp. 825
Essays in Idlenessp. 852
Medieval War Talesp. 868
Rengap. 921
Diaries and Other Prose of the Muromachi Periodp. 971
No and Kyogen as Literaturep. 999
Literature of the Five Mountainsp. 1062
Muromachi Fiction: Otogi-Zoship. 1092
The Late Sixteenth Centuryp. 1129
Glossaryp. 1176
Selected List of Translations into Englishp. 1184
Indexp. 1189
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ISBN: 9780231114417
ISBN-10: 0231114419
Series: History of Japanese Literature
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 1265
Published: 15th September 1999
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6  x 5.7
Weight (kg): 1.76
Edition Number: 222