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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 … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Yamamba: In Search of the Japanese Mountain Witch

Yamamba: In Search of the Japanese Mountain Witch Editors Linda C. Ehrlich Rebecca Copeland Alluring, nurturing, dangerous, and vulnerable the yamamba, or Japanese mountain witch, has intrigued audiences for centuries. What is it about the fusion of mountains with the … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Eight Dogs, or “Hakkenden” Part One—An Ill-Considered Jest

Eight Dogs, or “Hakkenden” Part One—An Ill-Considered Jest by Kyokutei Bakin Translated by Glynne Walley Kyokutei Bakin’s Nansō Satomi hakkenden is one of the monuments of Japanese literature. This multigenerational samurai saga was one of the most popular and influential books of … Continue reading

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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: Shakespeare and East Asia

Shakespeare and East Asia Alexa Alice Joubin Structured around modes in which one might encounter Asian-themed performances and adaptations, Shakespeare and East Asia identifies four themes that distinguish post-1950s East Asian cinemas and theatres from works in other parts of the world: … 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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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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