INDIA, PAKISTAN, AND BANGLADESH. Introduction.
THE VEDIC PERIOD (C.1500-200 B.C.). The Rig Veda (poems) (Sanskrit) (c.1200-900 B.C.).
The Upanishads (poems/religious texts) (Sanskrit) (c. 9th century B.C. - 1st century A.D.).
BUDDHIST TEXTS (C. 5th century B.C.- A.D. 255). Theravada Buddhist Texts (religious texts) (Pali) (5th century B.C. - 1st century B.C.).
Mahayana Buddhist Texts (religious texts) (Chinese) (before A.D. 255).
CLASSICAL SANSKRIT, PRAKRIT AND TAMIL LITERATURES (c. 200 A.D. - 1100 A.D.). Valmiki (epic poem) (Sanskrit) (c.200 B.C.).
The Bhagavad-Gita (epic poem) Sanskrit (c. 1st century A.D.).
Poems of Love and War (from the classical anthologies) (Tamil) (c.100 B.C. - A.D. 250).
The Gatha Saptashati (700 erotic poems compiled by King Hala) (Prakrit) (c.100-300).
Tales from the Panchatantra (fables) (Sanskrit) (c.200-400).
Kalidasa (poem) (Sanskrit) (4th-5th centuries).
Vijjika (Vidya) (poem) (Sanskrit) (c.659).
Bhartrihari (poems) (Sanskrit) (7th century?).
Amaru (poems) (Sanskrit) (7th century).
REGIONAL BHAKTI (DEVOTIONAL) LITERATURES (C. 10TH-16TH CENTURIES). Basavanna (poems) (Kannada) (1106-1167 or 1168).
Mahadevi (poems) (Kannada) (12th century).
Jayadeva (dramatic poetry) (Sanskrit) (12th century).
Lalla (poems) (Kashmiri) (1320-1392).
Chandidas (poems) (Bengali) (late 14th-mid-15th centuries).
Kabir (poems) (Hindi) (1398-1448).
Mirabai (poems) (Hindi) (1498-1573).
THE MODERN PERIOD (19TH AND 20TH CENTURIES). Ghalib (Asadullah Khan Ghalib) (poems) (Urdu) (1797-1869).
Rabindranath Tagore (poems) (Bengali) (1861-1941).
Mahatma Gandhi (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi) (prose) (English) (1869-1948).
Sara Chandra Chatterjee (story) (Bengali) (1876-1938).
Premchand (story) (Hindi) (1880-1936).
Jibanananda Das (poem) (Bangladesh) (1899-1954).
R.K. Narayan (story) (English) (1906-).
Faiz Ahmed Faiz (poems) (Urdu) (1910-1984).
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (story) (English) (1927-).
Bharati Mukherjee (story) (English) (1942-).
Salman Rushdie (novel) (English) (1947-).
ZHOU DYNASTY (1027-221 B.C.). The Book of Songs (poems) (c.600 B.C.).
Confucius (philosophy) (c.551-479 B.C.).
Laozi (Lao Tzu) (poems/philosophy) (4th - 3rd centuries B.C.).
Zhuangzi (Chuang Tsu) (philosophy) (c. 369-286 B.C.).
The Songs of Chu (attributed to Qu Yuan) (poems) (332-295 B.C.?).
HAN DYNASTY (206 B.C.- A.D. 220). Liu Xijun (poem) (late 2nd century B.C.).
Anonymous Folk Songs from the Music Bureau (120 B.C.)
Fu Xuan (poem) (217-278).
SIX DYNASTIES PERIOD (220-589). Lu Ji (literary criticism in rhyme-prose) (261-303).
Tao Qian (T'ao Ch'ien) (poems and prose) (365-427).
TANG DYNASTY (618-907). Wang Wei (poems) (701-761).
Li Bai (Li Po) (poems) (701-762).
Du Fu (Tu Fu) (poems) (712-770).
Meng Jiao (Meng Chiao) (poems) (751-814).
Han Yu (Han Yü) (poem) (768-824).
Xue Tao (Hsüeh T'ao) (poems) (768-831).
Li Gongzuo (Li Kung-tso) (story) (770-c.848).
Bo Juyi (Po Chü-i) (poems) (772-846).
Liu Zongyuan (Liu Tsung-Yüan) (poem, fable, essay) (773-819).
Yuan Zhen (Yüan Chen) (poems) (779-831).
Sikong Tu (Ssu-k'ung T'u) (poems/literary criticism) (837-908).
Yu Xuanji (Yü Hsüan-chi) (poems) (c.843-868).
Li Yu (Li Yü) (poems) (936-978).
SONG DYNASTY (960-1279). Mei Yaochen (Mei Yao-ch'en) (poem) (1002-1060).
Ouyang Xiu (Ou-yang Hsiu) (poem and rhyme-prose) (1007-1072).
Su Dongpo (Su Tung-p'o) (poems, essay, rhyme-prose) (1036-1101).
Li Qingzhao (Li Ch'ing-chao) (poems) (1084-c.1151).
Poets' Jade Dust (aphorisms/literary criticism) (compiled before 1244).
YUAN DYNASTY (1280-1367). Ma Zhiyuan (Ma Chih-yüan) (poems) (c.1260-1334).
Shi Naian (Shih Nai-an) and Luo Guanzhong (Lo Kuan-chung) (novel) (late 14th century).
MING DYNASTY (1368-1644). Wu Chengen (Wu Ch'eng-en) (novel) (c.1500-1582).
QING DYNASTY (1644-1911).
Pu Songling (Pu Song-ling) (stories) from Tales of Liaozhai (1640-1715).
Yuan Mei (Yüan Mei) (poems) (1716-1798).
Li Ruzhen (Li Ju-chen) (novel) (c.1763-1830).
Cao Xueqin (Ts'ao Hsüeh-chin)(c.1715-63) and Gao E. (c.1740-1815) (Kao E) (novel).
THE MODERN ERA. Lu Xun (Lu Hsün) (story) (1881- 1936).
Mao Zedong (Mao Tes-tung) (poems) (1893-1976).
Wen Yiduo (Wen I-to) (poems) (1898-1946).
Lao She (story) (1899-1966).
Wang Meng (story) (1934-).
Chen Rong (Ch'en Jung) (story (1936-).
Bei Dao (Pei Tao) (poems) (1949-).
Shu Ting (Shu T'ing) (poems) (1952-).
Liang Heng (1954-) and Judith Shapiro (1953-) (memoir, written in English).
Yang Lian (poem) (1955-).
Ha Jin (Ha Chin) (story, written in English) (1956-).
Chou Ping (poem, written in English) (1957-).
Tang Yaping (T'ang Ya-p'ing) (poems) (1962-).
ANCIENT PERIOD (to 794). Poems from the Mahyoshu.
Empress Iwanohime (?-347).
Empress Jito (645-702).
Kakinomoto Hitomaro (d.708-715).
The Priest Mansei (c.720).
Ladi Ki (8th century).
Otomo Yakamochi (718-785).
Lady Kasa (mid-8th century).
Lady Otomo Sakanoue (c. 695-701-c.750).
HEIAN PERIOD (794-1186). Ki no Tsurayuki (poems) (c.868-c.946).
Ono no Komachi (poems) (9th century).
Lady Ise (poems) (9th-10th century).
from The Tales of Ise (prose/poetry) (9th-10th century).
Sei Shonagon (memoir) (c.966-c.1017).
Izumi Shikibu (poems) (c.974-c.1034).
Murasaki Shikibu (novel, prose excerpts) (978-c.1015).
Saigyo (poems) (1118-1190).
KAMAKURA/NAMBOKUCHO PERIODS (1186-1392). The Middle Counselor of the Riverbank's Stories (story) (11-12th centuries).
Tales of Times Now Past (stories) (late 11th- early 12th centuries).
Tale of the Heike (prose) (12th-14th centuries).
Kamo No Chomei (memoir) (c.1155-1216).
Fujiwara No Teika (poems) (1162-1241).
Dogen (poems) (1200-1253).
Zen Stories from Sand and Pebbles (and other collections) (wisdom stories) (13th century and later).
Muso Soseki (poems) (1275-1351).
Kenko (prose) (c.1283-1350).
MUROMACHI/MOMOYAMA PERIODS (1392-1603). Zeami Motokiyo (noh plays, prose) (1363-1443).
TOKUGAWA/EDO PERIODS (1603-1868). Ihara Saikaku (novel) (1642-93).
Matsuo Basho (poems, travel diary, linked verse) (1644-1694).
Matsuo Basho and His School.
Chikamatsu Monzaemon (play) (1653-1725).
Yosa Buson (Taniguchi Buson) (poems) (1716-1783).
Ryokan (poems) (1758-1831).
Issa (Kobayashi Issa) (poems) (1763-1827).
MODERN PERIOD (1868-PRESENT). Natsume Soseki (story) (1867-1916).
Shiki (Masaoka Shiki) (poems) (1867-1902).
Yosano Akiko (poems) (1878-1942).
Tanizaki Junichiro (story) (1886-1965).
Akutagawa Ryunosuke (story) (1892-1927).
Kawabata Yasunari (stories) (1899-1972).
Nakamoto Takako (story) (1903-1991).
Sakaki Nanao (poems) (1922-).
Tamura Ruichi (poems) (1923-).
Abe Kobo (story) (1924-).
Mishima Yukio (story) (1925-1970).
Shiraishi Kazuko (poem) (1931-).
Tanikawa Shuntaro (poems) (1931-).
Oe Kenzaburo (story) (1935-).
Murakami Haruki (novel) (1949-).