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Seeds in the Heart: Japanese Literature from Earliest Times to the Late Sixteenth Century (History of Japanese Literature)by Donald 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 Shnagon" to Zeami's N plays — allow students, lay readers, and scholars a new understanding and enjoyment of this great literature.
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This volume covers 900 years of Japanese literature, beginning with early Heian works through the late 16th century, exploring works such as the Kojiki, The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon, and The Tale of Genji. In addition, Keene (Japanese literature, Columbia U.) evaluates diaries, Waka poetry, war tales, Buddhist writings, and No plays, creating a diverse collection of literary history and criticism. His discussion of the pieces is thorough, although there are not many excerpts from the selections themselves.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. -1187) and index.
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