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

Kobo ebook | December 10, 2010

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Burton Watson and Haruo Shirane, renowned translators and scholars, introduce English-speaking readers to the vivid tradition of early and medieval Japanese anecdotal (setsuwa) literature. These orally narrated and written tales drew on both local folk tradition and continental sources. Taken from seven major anthologies of anecdotal literature compiled between the ninth and thirteenth centuries, these dramatic and often amusing stories open a major window onto the foundations of Japanese culture.

Out of thousands of setsuwa, Shirane has selected thirty-eight of the most powerful and influential, 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 tales reveal the creative origins of a range of literary and dramatic genres, from court tales and travel accounts to no drama and Kabuki. Watson's impeccable translations relay the wit, mystery, and Buddhist sensibility of these protean works, while Shirane's sophisticated analysis illuminates the meaning and context of their compact stories. Capped by an extensive bibliography, this collection fully immerses the reader in the thrilling world of secular and religious tales.

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...
Title:The Demon at Agi Bridge and Other Japanese TalesFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 10, 2010Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:023152630X

ISBN - 13:9780231526302


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

Editorial Reviews

...teachers and students of Japanese literature and folklore alike may benefit from this book.