The Demon at Agi Bridge and Other Japanese Tales by Haruo Shirane

The Demon at Agi Bridge and Other Japanese Tales

byHaruo Shirane, Burton Watson

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Haruo Shirane and Burton Watson, renowned translators and scholars, introduce English-speaking readers to the vivid tradition of early and medieval Japanese folktales. Taken from seven major anthologies of anecdotal ( setsuwa) literature compiled between the ninth and thirteenth centuries, these dramatic and often amusing stories offer a major view of the foundations of Japanese culture.

Out of thousands of setsuwa, Shirane has selected thirty-eight of the most powerful and influential tales, each of which is briefly introduced. Recounting the exploits of warriors, farmers, priests, and aristocrats, and concerning topics as varied as poetry, violence, power, and sex, these texts reveal the creative origins of a range of literary genres, from court tales and travel accounts to noh drama and kabuki. Watson's impeccable translations relay the wit, mystery, and Buddhist sensibility of these protean works, and Shirane's sophisticated analysis illuminates the meaning of the tales, as well as the character of the anthologies. A comprehensive bibliography completes the volume.

About The Author

Haruo Shirane is Shincho Professor of Japanese literature at Columbia University. He is the author and editor of numerous books on Japanese literature, including, most recently, Envisioning The Tale of Genji: Media, Gender, and Cultural Production; Traditional Japanese Literature: An Anthology, Beginnings to 1600; Early Modern Japa...
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Title:The Demon at Agi Bridge and Other Japanese TalesFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 5, 2011Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023152630X

ISBN - 13:9780231526302

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
A Note on the Translations
Introduction to Anecdotal (Setsuwa) Literature
Record of Miraculous Events in Japan
Tales of Times Now Past
A Collection of Tales from Uji
A Companion in Solitude
A Collection of Things Written and Heard in the Past and Present
Tales of Renunciation
Collection of Sand and Pebbles
Bibliography of Translations and Studies in Western Languages

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