Seeds in the Heart: Japanese Literature from Earliest Times to the Late Sixteenth Century

Paperback | October 6, 1999

byDonald Keene

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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.

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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...

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 numer...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:1265 pages, 6.1 × 9.1 × 0.68 inPublished:October 6, 1999Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231114419

ISBN - 13:9780231114417

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Table of Contents

The Middle AgesIntroduction16. Tales of Warfare17. The Age of the Shin Kokinshü18. Waka Poetry of the Kamakura and Muromachi Periods19. Buddhist Writing of the Kamakura Period20. Courtly Fiction of the Kamakura Period21. Diaries of the Kamakura Period22. Essays in Idleness23. Medieval War Tales24. Renga25. Diaries and Other Prose of the Muromachi Period26. Nö and Kyögen as Literature27. Literature of the Five Mountains28. Muromachi Fiction: Otogi-Zöshi29. The Late Sixteenth CenturyGlossarySelected List of Translations into EnglishIndex

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"During the nine hundred years covered here... literature was primarily an aristocratic pursuit.... The elegance and urbanity of Keene's style suit this material." -- "The New Yorker"