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A Kamigata Anthology: Literature from Japan’s Metropolitan Centers, 1600–1750 by [Sumie Jones, Adam L. Kern, Kenji Watanabe, Harold Bolitho, Stefania Burk, Robert Campbell, David Cannell, Cheryl Crowley, Alan Cummings, Charles Fox, Matthew Fraleigh, C. Andrew Gerstle, Thomas Hare, Howard Hibbett, Adam Kabat, Dylan McGee, Gregory Pflugfelder, Shelley Fenno Quinn, Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen, Jay Rubin, Paul Gordon Schalow, David Sitkin, Henry D. Smith, John Solt, Toru Takahashi, Glynne Walley, Steven Wills, Marcia Yonemoto]

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This long-awaited volume is full of lively translations that span an impressive variety of literary genres. The abundant use of images is particularly effective in bringing the works to life and demonstrating how narratives, drama, and poetry were consumed through an interplay of different media. It is a wonderful resource for not only academic specialists in premodern Japanese literature and history, but also anyone interested in Japanese popular culture, visual media, gender and sexuality, and the broader study of literary form and genre.--Michiko Suzuki, University of California, Davis

A Kamigata Anthology brings together a scintillating array of popular literature from the Kyoto-Osaka region during the early Edo period. Few readers will fail to be surprised by its range or to delight in the verve of the translations, every one of which is an illuminating joy.--Timon Screech, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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Sumie Jones, a specialist in eighteenth-century comparative literature and Edo arts, is professor emerita of East Asian languages and cultures and comparative literature and a residential fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study, Indiana University, Bloomington. She is the recipient of the 2018-19 Lindsley and Masao Miyoshi Translation Prize for lifetime achievement as a translator, presented by the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture, Columbia University.

Adam L. Kern is professor of Japanese literature and visual culture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Kenji Watanabe, an expert in Edo-period literature and society, is professor emeritus of Rikkyo University and academic dean of the Jiyugakuen College, Tokyo.

Glynne Walley is Assistant Professor of Japanese Literature at the University of Oregon. His research interests involve popular literature and how it negotiates the requirements of industry and genre, the demands of mass audience, and the aspirational pull of serious literature.
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07SL53SR1
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ University of Hawaii Press; Illustrated edition (29 February 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 43896 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 640 pages
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Adam L. Kern (アダム•カーン) first lived in Japan as a high-school exchange student outside of Tokyo. He earned a BA in East Asian Studies from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University, where he was on the faculty for nearly a decade.

Kern’s notable experiences in Japan (apart from research affiliations with the University of Kyoto, the University of Tokyo, and the National Institute of Japanese Literature) include brief stints as a staff reporter for a large metropolitan Japanese-language newspaper and as an editorial intern in the comics (manga) division of a leading publisher.

His books include "Manga from the Floating World: Comicbook Culture and the Kibyôshi of Edo Japan" (Harvard University Asia Center, 2006; second edition 2019) and "The Penguin Book of Haiku" (Penguin Classics, 2018). Kern is Professor of Japanese Literature and Visual Culture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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