The Columbia Anthology of Japanese Essays: Zuihitsu from the Tenth to the Twenty-First Century

The Columbia Anthology of Japanese Essays: Zuihitsu from the Tenth to the Twenty-First Century

Steven D. Carter / Sep 18, 2019

The Columbia Anthology of Japanese Essays Zuihitsu from the Tenth to the Twenty First Century A court lady of the Heian era an early modern philologist a Meiji period novelist and a physicist at Tokyo University What do they have in common besides being Japanese They all wrote zuihitsu a u

  • Title: The Columbia Anthology of Japanese Essays: Zuihitsu from the Tenth to the Twenty-First Century
  • Author: Steven D. Carter
  • ISBN: 9780231167710
  • Page: 462
  • Format: Paperback
  • A court lady of the Heian era, an early modern philologist, a Meiji period novelist, and a physicist at Tokyo University What do they have in common, besides being Japanese They all wrote zuihitsu a uniquely Japanese literary genre encompassing features of the nonfiction or personal essay and miscellaneous musings For sheer range of subject matter and breadth of pA court lady of the Heian era, an early modern philologist, a Meiji period novelist, and a physicist at Tokyo University What do they have in common, besides being Japanese They all wrote zuihitsu a uniquely Japanese literary genre encompassing features of the nonfiction or personal essay and miscellaneous musings For sheer range of subject matter and breadth of perspective, the zuihitsu is unrivaled in the Japanese literary tradition, which may explain why few examples have been translated into English Springing from a variety of social, artistic, political, and professional discourses, zuihitsu is an undeniably important literary form practiced by all types of people who reveal much about themselves, their identities, and the times in which they lived Zuihitsu also contain a good deal of humor, which is often underrepresented in translations of serious Japanese writing.This anthology presents a representative selection of than one hundred zuihitsu from a range of historical periods written by close to fifty authors from well known figures, such as Matsuo Basho, Natsume Soseki, and Koda Aya, to such writers as Tachibana Nankei and Dekune Tatsuro, whose names appear here for the first time in English.Writers speak on the experience of coming down with a cold, the aesthetics of tea, the physiology and psychology of laughter, the demands of old age, standards of morality, childrearing, the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, sleeplessness, undergoing surgery, and training a parrot to say thank you Varying in length from paragraphs to pages, these works also provide moving descriptions of snowy landscapes, foggy London, Ueno Park s famous cherry blossoms, and the appeal of rainy vistas, and relate the joys and troubles of everyone from desperate samurai to filial children and ailing cats.

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      • Steven D. Carter

        Professor of Japanese literatureSteven D Carter has written eleven books and numerous articles on pre modern Japanese literature and is an award winning translator He has received numerous academic awards, as both a scholar and a teacher At Stanford he teaches courses in pre modern Japanese literature and language.Professor Carter s research interests include Japanese poetry, poetics, and poetic culture the Japanese essay travel writing historical fiction and the relationship between the social and the aesthetic His most recent book is Haiku Before Haiku From the Renga Masters to Basho Columbia University Press, 2011 Before coming to Stanford in 2003, Professor Carter taught at UCLA, Brigham Young University, and UC Irvine, serving as chair of the East Asian Languages and Literatures Department at the latter institution for 10 years He began his study of Japanese language and culture as an undergraduate at Brigham Young University, receiving his BA in Japanese with minors in English and history in 1974 He received an MA and PhD from UC Berkeley, concentrating on classical and medieval Japanese poetry His interest in Hiroshima dates to a visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum in 1969, during one of the hotter periods of the Cold War.


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    1. A stimulating selection of zuihitsu, the Japanese essay form that is, as aptly characterized by the editor Steven D. Carter, the anti-method method. Deploying a broad definition of zuihitsu, Carter includes not only the canonical such as The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon and Yoshida No Kenko's Essays in Idleness, but also haikai prose by Matsuo Basho and Natsume Seibi, and some tales of the unusual. Four qualities unite this diverse collection of prose: the writing is personal and casual, instead [...]



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