Seeds in the Heart

Japanese Literature from Earliest Times to the Late Sixteenth Century

Donald Keene

Columbia University Press

Seeds in the Heart

Pub Date: October 1999

ISBN: 9780231114417

1265 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $55.00£46.00

Seeds in the Heart

Japanese Literature from Earliest Times to the Late Sixteenth Century

Donald Keene

Columbia University Press

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 Ages
Introduction
16. Tales of Warfare
17. The Age of the Shin Kokinshü
18. Waka Poetry of the Kamakura and Muromachi Periods
19. Buddhist Writing of the Kamakura Period
20. Courtly Fiction of the Kamakura Period
21. Diaries of the Kamakura Period
22. Essays in Idleness
23. Medieval War Tales
24. Renga
25. Diaries and Other Prose of the Muromachi Period
26. Nö and Kyögen as Literature
27. Literature of the Five Mountains
28. Muromachi Fiction: Otogi-Zöshi
29. The Late Sixteenth Century
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. He is the author of a multivolume history of Japanese literature, of which Seeds in the Heart is the first part, and at least thirty other books, including many translations from Japanese literature. He has received numerous honors in both the United States and Japan, and is a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.