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History of Japanese Literature: The First Thousand Years
Shuichi Kato (au)
Traces the development of Japanese lit. from the 7th to the mid-16th cent., emphasizing the historical & social context of the literary works discussed, & the relationship between Japanese works & Western & Chinese lit. Brings Japanís lit. into focus by outlining its distinctive features -- its role in Japanese culture, the pattern of its historical development, the social background & world view that inform it, & the nature of the Japanese language itself -- then moves on to a discussion of specific works, writers, & periods, providing a rare panorama of Japan from primeval times to medieval. Highly readable, provocative, & cosmopolitan in its approach, this book is the ideal introduction to classical & medieval Japanese literature. Translated from the Japanese ed.
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