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World Within Walls : Japanese Literature of the Pre-Modern Era, 1600-1867 - Donald Keene

World Within Walls

Japanese Literature of the Pre-Modern Era, 1600-1867

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The Tokugawa family held the shogunate from 1603 to 1867, ruling Japan and keeping the island nation isolated from the rest of the world for more than 250 years. Donald Keene looks within the "walls" of isolation and meticulously chronicles the period's vast literary output, providing both lay readers and scholars with the definitive history of premodern Japanese literature.

World Within Walls spans the age in which Japanese literature began to reach a popular audience-as opposed to the elite aristocratic readers to whom it had previously been confined. Keene comprehensively treats each of the new, popular genres that arose, including haiku, Kabuki, and the witty, urbane prose of the newly ascendant merchant class.

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A work... that is not only exhaustive but always readable and often amusing. New York Times Book Review

Preface to the Columbia Edition
Introductionp. 1
Literature From 1600-1770
Haikai Poetry: The Beginnings of Haikai no Renga (Comic Linked Verse)p. 11
Haikai Poetry: Matsunaga Teitoku and the Creation of Haikai Poetryp. 21
Haikai Poetry: Danrin Haikaip. 40
Haikai Poetry: The Transition to Bashop. 56
Haikai Poetry: Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)p. 71
Haikai Poetry: Basho's Disciplesp. 123
Fiction: Kana Zoship. 149
Fiction: Ihara Saikaku (1642-1693)p. 167
Fiction: Ukiyo Zoship. 216
Drama: The Beginnings of Kabuki and Jorurip. 230
Drama: Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1653-1725)p. 244
Drama: Joruri after Chikamatsup. 275
Waka Poetry: Kokugaku and the Wakap. 300
Literature from 1770-1867
Haikai Poetry: Buson and the Haikai Revivalp. 337
Haikai Poetry: Haikai of the Late Tokugawa Periodp. 358
Fiction: Ueda Akinari (1734-1809)p. 371
Fiction: Gesaku Fictionp. 396
Drama: Eighteenth-Century Kabukip. 438
Drama: Nineteenth-Century Kabukip. 455
Waka Poetry: Waka of the Late Tokugawa Periodp. 477
Waka Poetry: Comic Poetryp. 512
Poetry and Prose in Chinesep. 535
Summaries of Playsp. 563
Glossary of Japanese Terms and Certain Japanese and Chinese Namesp. 571
Indexp. 581
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ISBN: 9780231114677
ISBN-10: 0231114672
Series: History of Japanese Literature, Vol 2 (Paper)
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 606
Published: 1st December 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 16.51  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.84