Dawn to the West: A History of Japanese Literature

Japanese Literature of the the Modern Era: Poetry, Drama, Criticism

Donald Keene. With a new preface by the author

Columbia University Press

Dawn to the West: A History of Japanese Literature

Pub Date: January 1999

ISBN: 9780231114356

1329 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $50.00£42.00

Pub Date: April 1999

ISBN: 9780231114394

1329 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $50.00£42.00

Pub Date: April 1999

ISBN: 9780231114387

1329 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $120.00£100.00

Dawn to the West: A History of Japanese Literature

Japanese Literature of the the Modern Era: Poetry, Drama, Criticism

Donald Keene. With a new preface by the author

Columbia University Press

The publication of Dawn to the West... will do even more to establish modern Japanese literature as one of the major literatures of the world.... Here, for the first time, in two monumental volumes, are Mr. Keene's readable, yet thoroughly scholarly, essays on virtually all aspects of modern Japan's major creative writing. The first volume of Dawn to the West, which is devoted to fiction, contains complete studies of all the important Japanese writers since the Meiji Restoration in 1868, both those widely read in the West and others less well known. New York Times Book Review
Preface to the Columbia Edition
Preface
Introduction
1 The Coming of the Enlightenment
2 Writing in Chinese of the Meiji Era
3 The Age of Translation
4 The Meiji Political Novel
5 Tshubouchi Shoyo and Futabatei Shimei
6 Koyo and the Ken'yusha
7 Koda Rohan
8 Higuchi Ichiyo
9 Kitamura Tokoku and Romanticism
10 Izumi Kyoka
11 Naturalism
12 Natsume Soseki
13 Mori Ogai
14 Nagai Kafu
15 The Shirakaba School
16 The "I Novel"
17 Akutagawa Ryunosuke
18 Proletarian Literature of the 1920s
19 Modernism and Foreign Influences
20 Tanizaki Jun'ichiro
21 Kawabata Yasunari
22 Tenko Literature: The Writings of Ex-Communists
23 War Literature
24 Postwar Literature
25 Dazai Osamu and the Burai-ha
26 The Revival of Writing by Women
27 Mishima Yukio
Appendix
Glossary
Selected List of Translations into English
Index

About the Author

Donald Keene is Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature and University Professor Emeritus at Columbia University.
Hailed by Anatole Broyard in the New York Times Book Review as "the century's leading expert on Japanese literature, as well as its most indefatigable translator," Donald Keene is Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature and University Professor Emeritus at Columbia University. He is the author of the multivolume history of Japanese literature Dawn to the West and translator of numerous books, including Four Major Plays of Chikamatsu, Chushingura (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers): A Puppet Play, and Three Plays by Kobo Abe, all published by Columbia.