Modern Japanese Literature is Donald Keene's critically acclaimed companion volume to his landmark work Anthology of Japanese Literature: From the Earliest Era to the Mid-Nineteenth Century. Now considered the standard canon of modern Japanese writing translated into English, the book includes concise introductions to the writers as well as an historical introduction by Professor Keene. Modern Japanese literature is the product of two great traditions: the native, which goes back 1300 years, and the Western, first introduced to Japan about 150 years ago. The combination of these very different traditions gave birth to a literature that stands as a unique product of the meeting of East and West. [Read more...]
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