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Japanese literature Summary

Everything you need to understand or teach Japanese literature.

  • 14 Literature Criticism

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The Japanese literature Study Pack contains about 279 pages of study material in 14 products, including:

Essays & Analysis (14)

9,586 words, approx. 32 pages
In the following essay, Keene charts the transition of Japanese poetry during the Meiji era from traditional tanka and haiku forms to shintaishi, or "new-style poems," and also surveys l... Read more
6,690 words, approx. 23 pages
In the following essay, Gessel discusses major fiction writers and literary movements that emerged in Japan after World War II. Japanese fiction after the occupation is in many ways an extension as we... Read more
3,877 words, approx. 13 pages
In the following essay, Sakurai profiles four recent Japanese fiction writers. In 1976 several young writers in their twenties won the coveted Akutagawa Prize for their starkly original novellas and a... Read more
3,277 words, approx. 11 pages
In the following essay, Konaka surveys several works exemplary of a Japanese literary genre known as "atomic-bomb literature." In On Photography, Susan Sontag tells of seeing, at the age... Read more
11,020 words, approx. 37 pages
In the following essay, Morrell elucidates the influence on Japanese poetry of Shintaishio, an anthology of western poetry published in Japanese translation in 1882. In August, 1882, Maruzen Bookstore... Read more
3,766 words, approx. 13 pages
In the following essay, Lippit assesses the influence of such western writers as Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Baudelaire on Japanese writers. The strong response of such major writers of modern Japanes... Read more
9,019 words, approx. 31 pages
In the following excerpt, Ko traces the influence of the Dada movement on Japanese literature. The life of Dada as a poetical and artistic movement was by no means lengthy. Historically speaking, the ... Read more
3,940 words, approx. 14 pages
In the following excerpt, Kijima presents an overview of trends in Japanese poetry written after World War II. Postwar Japanese poetry emerged from the ashes. During the wartime, the poets who were no... Read more
3,232 words, approx. 11 pages
In the following essay, Ooka examines various characteristics that have emerged in Japanese poetry since 1970. About three years ago the Japan Foundation organized an exhibition of photographs. More t... Read more
6,874 words, approx. 23 pages
In the following essay, Rimer provides a historical overview of Japanese theater, focusing on three representative works of classical and modern Japanese drama. When I first began to attend performanc... Read more
3,326 words, approx. 12 pages
In the following essay, Takahashi provides a survey of Japanese theater from the 1960s to the late 1980s. Statistically, there is little doubt that Tokyo is the world's largest theatre town, ev... Read more
4,050 words, approx. 14 pages
In the following essay, Rolf analyzes major characteristics of Japanese theater in the 1980s. Twentieth-century Japanese theatre grew out of attempts to create a new Japanese theatre befitting the new... Read more
7,250 words, approx. 25 pages
In the following essay, Rolf offers a retrospective of trends in Japanese theater and discusses works by six contemporary Japanese playwrights. Tokyo is the scene of extensive theatre activity. Beside... Read more
7,503 words, approx. 26 pages
In the following essay, Hijiya-Kirschnereit considers the intellectual and artistic currents that form the background to Japanese fiction during the forty years since the end of World War II. A common... Read more
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