Tag Archives: Japanese literature

Book Announcement: An Ise monogatari Reader: Contexts and Receptions

An Ise monogatari Reader: Contexts and Receptions Brill’s Japanese Studies Library, Volume: 69 Editors: Joshua S. Mostow, Tokurō Yamamoto, and Kurtis Hanlon An “Ise monogatari” Reader is the first collection of essays in English on The Ise Stories, a canonical … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: The Values in Numbers: Reading Japanese Literature in a Global Information Age

The Values in Numbers Reading Japanese Literature in a Global Information Age Hoyt Long Ideas about how to study and understand cultural history—particularly literature—are rapidly changing as new digital archives and tools for searching them become available. This is not … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Dancing the Dharma: Religious and Political Allegory in Japanese Noh Theater

Dancing the Dharma Religious and Political Allegory in Japanese Noh Theater Susan Blakeley Klein Dancing the Dharma examines the theory and practice of allegory by exploring a select group of medieval Japanese noh plays and treatises. Susan Blakeley Klein demonstrates how medieval esoteric commentaries on … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Tales of Idolized Boys: Male-Male Love in Medieval Japanese Buddhist Narratives

Tales of Idolized Boys: Male-Male Love in Medieval Japanese Buddhist Narratives Sachi Schmidt-Hori In medieval Japan (14th–16th centuries), it was customary for elite families to entrust their young sons to the care of renowned Buddhist priests from whom they received … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: A Proximate Remove: Queering Intimacy and Loss in the Tale of Genji

A Proximate Remove: Queering Intimacy and Loss in the Tale of Genji by Reginald Jackson (Author) Open Access: June 2021 How might queer theory transform our interpretations of medieval Japanese literature and how might this literature reorient the assumptions, priorities, … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Licentious Fictions: Ninjō and the Nineteenth-Century Japanese Novel

Licentious Fictions:Ninjō and the Nineteenth-Century Japanese NovelDaniel Poch Nineteenth-century Japanese literary discourse and narrative developed a striking preoccupation with ninjō—literally “human emotion,” but often used in reference to amorous feeling and erotic desire. For many writers and critics, fiction’s capacity to … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Pleasure in Profit: Popular Prose in Seventeenth-Century Japan

Pleasure in ProfitPopular Prose in Seventeenth-Century Japan Laura Moretti In the seventeenth century, Japanese popular prose flourished as waves of newly literate readers gained access to the printed word. Commercial publishers released vast numbers of titles in response to readers’ … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Kyoto: A Literary Guide

Kyoto: A Literary Guide Edited by John Dougill Reposting from the official blurb on the Camphor Press website: This fascinating selection of Kyoto-specific literature takes readers through twelve centuries of cultural heritage, from ancient Heian beginnings to contemporary depictions. The … Continue reading

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Open Access Special Journal Issue: Narratological Perspectives on Premodern Japanese Literature

Narratological Perspectives on Premodern Japanese Literature Edited by Sebastian Balmes With articles by Sonja Arntzen, Jinno Hidenori, Midorikawa Machiko, Simone Müller, Takeuchi Akiko, Michael Watson, Robert F. Wittkamp, and myself. This special issue comprises eight studies that deal with Japanese … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Ghastly Tales from the Yotsuya kaidan

Ghastly Tales from the Yotsuya kaidan, ed. with an Introduction by Takashi Saitō Perhaps the most famous and oft told tales of horror in Japan, the Yotsuya kaidan tells of a young woman named Iwa and the curse she carried … Continue reading

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