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!Download Epub ¹ Dawn to the West: Japanese Literature of the Modern Era; Fiction ⛅ Basic text in English, or even in Japanese Dawn to the West 1998 is the third volume of Donald Keene s born 1922 masterful tetralogy, A History of Japanese Literature I review this volume of the series, in particular, because it covers the fiction of the modern era roughly, after 1850 , which appears to be ofinterest to the likely readers of this review than the modern poetry and theater or the earlier literature Keene deliberately omits contemporary authors, because of my reluctance to write about living authors whose o Dawn to the West 1998 is the third volume of Donald Keene s born 1922 masterful tetralogy, A History of Japanese Literature I review this volume of the series, in particular, because it covers the fiction of the modern era roughly, after 1850 , which appears to be ofinterest to the likely readers of this review than the modern poetry and theater or the earlier literature Keene deliberately omits contemporary authors, because of my reluctance to write about living authors whose oeuvres may develop in ways I cannot predict In approximately 1,300 pages Keene provides a wonderful overview of modern era fiction in Japan, describing the literary movements and associations, some of the cultural, social and historical contexts, delivering critical insights and summaries of works many of which have still not been translated into a Western language Keene also treats the reader with translations of passages available nowhere else Biographical information and a full overview of the literary career are provided in the case of the most important authors His knowledge of the subject appears encyclopedic, and he writes with grace and verve.Here is an excerpt from his chapter The Revival of Writing By Women The appearance of Higuchi Ichiyo on the literary scene of the 1890s marked the end of many centuries of silence on the part of prospective women writers, but her success did not immediately precipitate a flood of literature by women It is true that a few women of the early twentieth century are remembered for a story or a translation, and Yosano Akiko emerged as a poet of exceptional intensity and appeal but it was not until the 1930s that women began to produce works that both attracted wide public attention and are still read today This change was due mainly to the effectiveness of the individual writers, but also to the enhanced position of women in Japanese society A lone woman writer, even one of the obvious talent of Tamura Toshiko 1894 1945 , could not singlehandedly combat the feudalistic mentality prevalent in the literary world of the late Meiji era eventually, after several novels of serious intent, Tamura gave up the struggle and turned into a writer of pulp romances.Here a brief excerpt from the chapter on Kawabata Yasunari Kawabata s works are often sensual This is true of two of his best, Snow Country and Thousand Cranes, but they lack the sense of personal involvement that one expects in sensual writing Love, for Kawabata, tended to the unattainable, and experience was observed rather than felt.I have been using Keene s books for quite a while and have found his guidance to be extremely reliable, even if we might differ here and there in matters of personal taste This tetralogy is a summa of a lifelong dedication to Japanese literature and is a most impressive achievement Perhaps I m wrong here if I am, I ll tell you about the other volumes, too I review one of her texts here And I review a book of her poetry here Rating I m a bit sad that he didn t keep going and turn his attention to any then living authors A chapter on Sh saku End would have been nice But you can t have everything All of the Big Beasts are here and some of them turned out to have been much bigger than I would have guessed Who knew Naoya Shiga was so important I m a bit sad that he didn t keep going and turn his attention to any then living authors A chapter on Sh saku End would have been nice But you can t have everything All of the Big Beasts are here and some of them turned out to have been much bigger than I would have guessed Who knew Naoya Shiga was so important Thoroughly enjoyable.