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The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories By Theodore W. Goossen (University of York, Ontario)

The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories

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Beginning with the late nineteenth-century writings which first assimilated and reworked Western literary traditions, and coming right up to the younger generation dealing with the pitfalls and paradoxes of modern life, this anthology offers a stimulating survey of the development of the Japanese short story, the Japanese literary genre.

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The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories by Theodore W. Goossen (University of York, Ontario)

This collection of short stories, including many new translations, is the first to span the whole of Japan's modern era from the end of the nineteenth century to the present day. Beginning with the first writings to assimilate and rework Western literary traditions, through the flourishing of the short story genre in the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the Taisho era, to the new breed of writers produced under the constraints of literary censorship, and the current writings reflecting the pitfalls and paradoxes of modern life, this anthology offers a stimulating survey of the development of the Japanese short story. Various indigenous traditions, in addition to those drawn from the West, recur throughout the stories: stories of the self, of the Water Trade (Tokyo's nightlife of geishas and prostitutes), of social comment, love and obsession, legends and fairytales. This collection includes the work of two Nobel prize-winners: Kawabata and Oe, the talented women writers Hirabayashi, Euchi, Okamoto, and Hayashi, together with the acclaimed Tanizaki, Mishima, and Murakami. The introduction by Theodore Goossen gives insight into these exotic and enigmatic, sometimes disturbing stories, derived from the lyrical roots of Japanese literature with its distinctive stress on atmosphere and beauty.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; INTRODUCTION; BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES; FILMOGRAPHY; PUBLISHER'S ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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GOR004053874
The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories by Theodore W. Goossen (University of York, Ontario)
Theodore W. Goossen (University of York, Ontario)
Oxford Books of Prose & Verse
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Oxford University Press
2010-03-18
496
0199583196
9780199583195
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