Seeds in the Heart

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September 1999



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 Shônagon to Zeami's Nô plays -- allow students, lay readers, and scholars a new understanding and enjoyment of this great literature.


The Middle AgesIntroduction, 60916. Tales of Warfare, 61317. The Age of the Shin Kokinshu, 64318. Waka Poetry of the Kamakura and Muromachi Periods, 69919. Buddhist Writing of the Kamakura Period, 74920. Courtly Fiction of the Kamakura Period, 78921. Diaries of the Kamakura Period, 82522. Essays in Idleness, 85223. Medieval War Tales, 86824. Renga, 92125. Diaries and Other Prose of the Muromachi Period, 97126. No and Kyogen as Literature, 99927. Literature of the Five Mountains, 106228. Muromachi Fiction: Otogi-Zoshi, 109229. The Late Sixteenth Century, 1129Glossary, 1176Selected List of Translations into English, 1184Index, 1189


Donald Keene


"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
EAN: 9780231114417
ISBN: 0231114419
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: University Press Group Ltd
Erscheinungsdatum: September 1999
Format: kartoniert
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