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Gossamer Years

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ISBN : 9781462903573
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Kagero Nikki, translated here as The Gossamer Years, belongs to the same period as the celebrated Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikuibu. This remarkably frank autobiographical diary and personal confession attempts to describe a difficult relationship as it reveals two tempestuous decades of the author's unhappy marriage and her growing indignation at rival wives and mistresses. Too impetuous to be satisfied as a subsidiary wife, this beautiful (and unnamed) noblewoman of the Heian dynasty protests the marriage system of her time in one of Japanese literature's earliest attempts to portray difficult elements of the predominant social hierarchy. A classic work of early Japanese prose, The Gossamer Years is an important example of the development of Heian literature, which, at its best, represents an extraordinary flowering of realistic expression, an attempt, unique for its age, to treat the human condition with frankness and honesty. A timeless and intimate glimpse into the culture of ancient Japan, this translation by Edward Seidensticker paints a revealing picture of married life in the Heian period.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Author : Michitsuna no Haha
ISBN : 0804811237
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This diary of a mid-Heian noblewoman, chronicling her confinement in the lonely grandeur of court life, is one of the earliest attempt in Japanese literature at historical narrative.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Japanese Culture

Author : H. Paul Varley
ISBN : 0824821521
Genre : History
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Presents a comprehensive study of Japanese history and culture surveying over two thousand years of art, religion, and ceremonies and includes topics such as samurai values, Zen Buddhism, Confucianism, and Mito scholarship.
Category: History

The Gossamer Years

Author : Michitsuna no Haha
ISBN : UVA:X002418552
Genre : Japan
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Category: Japan

Japanese Women Writers

Author : Chieko Irie Mulhern
ISBN : 0313254869
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Women have made many important contributions to Japanese literature since the Heian period (794-1192), during which time Murasaki Shikibu wrote The Tale of Genji. This reference is a guide to literature by Japanese women writers from centuries ago to the present day. The book includes biographical and critical profiles for 58 Japanese women writers, with entries arranged alphabetically. Each entry sketches the life of the writer and discusses her career.
Category: Literary Criticism

A History Of Japanese Literature Volume 2

Author : Jin'ichi Konishi
ISBN : 9781400886036
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The second of live volumes planned to give a systematic account of Japanese literature from its beginnings to the death of the modern novelist Mishima, this book establishes the character of the literature of the early Middle Ages, from the ninth to the mid-twelfth century. Originally published in 1986. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
Category: Literary Criticism

Living Buddhist Statues In Early Medieval And Modern Japan

Author : S. Horton
ISBN : 9780230607149
Genre : Religion
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A study of the surprising functions of Buddhist statues, which helped disseminate Buddhist beliefs among the populace in Tenth- and Eleventh-century Japan. Using ethnographic data drawn from present-day fieldwork and marshalling ancient textual evidence, Horton reveals the historical origins and development of modern Japanese beliefs and practices.
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Masterworks Of Asian Literature In Comparative Perspective A Guide For Teaching

Author : Barbara Stoler Miller
ISBN : 9781315484594
Genre : Social Science
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This is a collection of 46 essays by specialists in Asian literature, who offer a wide range of possibilities for introducing Asian literature to English-speaking students. It is intended to help in promoting multicultural education.
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Rituals Of Self Revelation

Author : Irmela Hijiya-Kirschnereit
ISBN : 0674773195
Genre : Literary Collections
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Irmela Hijiya-Kirschnereit brings her sophisticated literary methods and graceful method of analysis to this English translation of her book on the shishosetsu, one of the most important yet misunderstood genres in Japanese literature. This thorough and insightful study of the Japanese version of the I-novel provides a means of researching and interpreting the whole tradition of this genre, linking it to the forms of autobiographical fiction as well as to the cultural assumptions and ways of thinking of the classical period of Japanese history. Hijiya-Kirschnereit provides a model of systematic inquiry into literary traditions that will stimulate American and English japanologists used to different methods, providing a much-needed bridge between German japanologists and the rest of the field.
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