A History of Japanese Literature: The First Thousand Years by Shuichi Kato (auth.)

By Shuichi Kato (auth.)

Shuichi Kato's two-volume heritage of jap literature is amazing for its serious and comparative take hold of in addition to for its ancient scholarship. it's also a special contribution to the topic insofar because it comprises the sizeable unfold of kambun (classic chinese language) literature written by means of jap authors. by means of relocating past the dialogue of literary kinds and magnificence into the social historical past which has formed the works, Professor Kato presents the 1st genuine historical past of jap literature in its context; actually, given the significance of literature in eastern cultural background in most cases, Professor Kato's paintings may possibly both be considered as a learn of Japan's highbrow background via literature.

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The cultures of the military bureaucracy, the chonin and the peasantry differed from one another. Consequently, as already touched upon, the forms of literature, subject matter and even language that became integrated into culture differed greatly. However, there was a marked tendency for literary subject-matter of any one class in any one period to be of limited range. A model example of this is the novel forms of the late eighteenth century called sharebon, kibyoshi and ninjobon each of which was almost entirely concerned with the activities of the red-light districts.

The Manyosha contains poems primarily written in the seventh and eighth centuries, but the authors were not only members of the nobility, but also monks, peasants and soldiers with a large number of anonymous folk ballads. The authors of the poems of the Kokinshil, compiled about a hundred years later than the Manyoshu, were members of the ninth-century nobility 12 A HISTORY OF JAPANESE LITERATURE or monks. Thus during the Heian period an exclusive literary class emerged. As indicated before, this does not mean that there was no orally transmitted literature independent of the Kyoto ruling class.

It might be said that the difficulties of living in the warrior society encouraged writers to form their own groups and the bundan resulted. Model examples of this are the waka circles of the aristocracy which lived on and the Chinese poetry circles of the Gozan monks. Military power protected the Gozan temples, but the literary circles which developed within the temples and participated in the production of poetry in a foreign language, had no external contact with the military class and created, as it were, an autonomous, closed world of their own.

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