By Burton Watson, Haruo Shirane
Haruo Shirane and Burton Watson, popular translators and students, introduce English-speaking readers to the shiny culture of early and medieval eastern folktales. Taken from seven significant anthologies of anecdotal (setsuwa) literature compiled among the 9th and 13th centuries, those dramatic and infrequently fun tales supply an immense view of the principles of jap culture.
Out of millions of setsuwa, Shirane has chosen thirty-eight of the main strong and influential stories, each one of that's in short brought. Recounting the exploits of warriors, farmers, monks, and aristocrats, and referring to themes as various as poetry, violence, energy, and intercourse, those texts show the artistic origins of more than a few literary genres, from court docket stories and shuttle debts to noh drama and kabuki. Watson's impeccable translations relay the wit, secret, and Buddhist sensibility of those protean works, and Shirane's refined research illuminates the that means of the stories, in addition to the nature of the anthologies. A entire bibliography completes the volume.
About the Author
Haruo Shirane is Shincho Professor of jap literature at Columbia collage and the editor of, so much lately, Traditional jap Literature: An Anthology, Beginnings to 1600 and Envisioning the story of Genji: Media, Gender, and Cultural Production.
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