An Anthology, 1600-1900 (Abridged Edition)
University of Tokyo Press
This abridged edition of Haruo Shirane's popular anthology, Early Modern Japanese Literature, retains the essential texts that have made the original volume such a valuable resource. The book introduces English-speaking readers to prose fiction genres, including dangibon, kibyoshi (satiric picture books), sharebon (books of wit and fashion), yomihon, kokkeibon (books of humor), gokan (bound books), and ninjobon (books of romance and sentiment). It also features poetic genres such as waka, haiku, senryu, and kyoka, and plays ranging from Chikamatsu's puppet plays to nineteenth-century kabuki. Readers will continue to benefit from the anthology's selection of significant essays, treatises, literary criticism, folk stories, and other noncanonical works, as well as the numerous prints that accompanied these works. They will also find Shirane's introductions and critical commentary, which guide the reader through the allusive and often elliptical nature of these incredible selections.
This book will become an indispensable reference, not only for students of Edo literature but also for those who have an interest in Japanese culture in general.
[This] will serve as the standard anthology for some time to come.
There has quite simply never been a collection like this one. It's an experience not to be missed, and it will give pleasure to many.
Thomas Rimer, author of The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Literature
This volume provides a cornucopia of early modern Japanese texts, from high to low, the cool reason of philosophy and literary criticism to 'hot' fiction for popular consumption, Rai Sanyo's history to Chikamatsu's historical drama, kanshi to haiku, autobiography to ghost stories. On the basis of this volume alone, one can mount a comprehensive course in Edo literature.
Sonja Arntzen, University of Toronto
Historical Periods, Measurements, and Other Matters
1. Early Modern Japan
2. Ihara Saikaku and the Books of the Floating World
3. The Poetry and Prose of Matsuo Basho
4. Chikamatsu Monsaemon and the Puppet Theater
5. The Golden Age of Puppet Theater
6. Dangibon and the Birth of Edo Popular Literature
7. Comic and Satiric Poetry
8. Literati Meditations
9. Early Yomihon: History, Romance, and the Supernatural
10. Sharebon: Books of Wit and Fashion
11. Kibyoshi: Satiric and Didactic Picture Books
12. Kokkeibon: Comic Fiction for Commoners
13. Ninjobon: Sentimental Fiction
14. Gokan: Extended Picture Books
15. Ghosts and Nineteenth-Century Kabuki
16. Late Yomihon: History and the Supernatural Revisited