Global and International Studies IUB

East Asian Book Workshop: Sumie Jones

A Tokyo Anthology: Literature from Japan’s Modern Metropolis, 1850-1920 guides the reader through Japanese literature’s journey from classical to spoken, pictocentric to logocentric, and fantastic to realistic—telling the story of how the city’s literature and arts grew out of an often chaotic political environment to move toward the realization of Japanese ʻmodernity.ʼ This volume—which includes fictional and dramatic works, poetry, essays, newspaper articles, political manifestos, and cartoons—highlights not only familiar masterpieces but also lesser known examples chosen from the city’s downtown life and counterculture. Imitating the custom of creative artists of the Edo period, scholars from the United States, Canada, England, Germany, and Japan have collaborated in order to produce this intriguing sampling of Meiji works in the best possible translations. The editors have sought out the most reliable first editions of texts, reproducing most of their original illustrations. With few exceptions, the translations presented here are the first in the English language.
Wednesday September 13, 2017 01:30 PM
Wednesday September 13, 2017 02:45 PM
GISB 2015
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