Book Announcement: Kanbunmyaku: The Literary Sinitic Context and the Birth of Modern Japanese Language and Literature

Kanbunmyaku: The Literary Sinitic Context and the Birth of Modern Japanese Language and Literature

Series: Language, Writing and Literary Culture in the Sinographic Cosmopolis, Volume: 2
Author: Mareshi Saito
Editors / Translators: Ross King and Christina Laffin

In Kanbunmyaku: The Literary Sinitic Context and the Birth of Modern Japanese Language and Literature, Saito Mareshi demonstrates the centrality of Literary Sinitic poetry and prose in the creation of modern literary Japanese. Saito’s new understanding of the role of “ kanbunmyaku” in the formation of Japanese literary modernity challenges dominant narratives tied to translations from modern Western literatures and problematizes the antagonism between Literary Sinitic and Japanese in the modern academy. Saito shows how kundoku (vernacular reading) and its rhythms were central to the rise of new inscriptional styles, charts the changing relationship of modern poets and novelists to kanbunmyaku, and concludes that the chronotope of modern Japan was based in a language world supported by the Literary Sinitic Context.

For more information: https://brill.com/view/title/36105

 

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Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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