studies in Western languages of classical Japanese literature

Studies of many works are listed on the translation page. The present page contains entries for those works that have been the object of relatively more research: Genji monogatari / Heike monogatari / Ise monogatari / Kojiki / Konjaku monogatari / Kokinshu / Man'yoshu / Utsuho monogatari. More entries will be added. Each entry ends with a link to the corresponding entry on the translation page.

Work in progress: comments, suggestions welcome

Genji monogatari

  • Kamens, Edward. Approaches to Teaching Murasaki Shikibu's the Tale of Genji (1994)
  • Harper, T. J. "Genji Gossip." New Leaves, 1993, 29-44.
  • McMullen, James. Genji gaiden: The Origins of Kumazawa Banzan's Commentary on The Tale of Genji. Oxford: Ithaca Press for the Board of the Faculty of Oriental Studies, 1991.
  • Goff, Janet. Noh drama and The Tale of Genji. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1991.
  • Gatten, Aileen. "Death and Salvation in Genji Monogatari." New Leaves, 1993, 5-27. // "The order of the early chapters in The Tale of Genji." HJAS 41.1 (1981): 5-46. // "The secluded forest: textual problems in the Genji Monogatari." Ph.D. University of Michigan, 1977. // "A wisp of smoke: scent and character in The Tale of Genji." MN 35.P (1977): 35-48.
  • Bowring, Richard. Murasaki Shikibu: The Tale of Genji. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988.
  • Field, Norma. The Splendor of Longing in the Tale of Genji. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1987.
  • Shirane, Haruo. The Bridge of Dreams: A Poetics of the "Tale of Genji". Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1987.
  • Stinchecum, Amanda Meyer. Narrative Voice in the Genji Monogatari. Illinois Papers in Asian Studies, Vol. 5. Urbana, Ill.: Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, University of Illinois, 1985. // "Who tells the tale? "Ukifune": a study in narrative voice." MN 35.4 (1980): 375-403.
  • see also entry on translation page
  • Heike monogatari

  • McCullough, Helen Craig. The Tale of the Heike. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1988. Front and back matter, pp. 1-22; 439-489. See in particular Appendix C "The 'Heike' as Literature."
  • Arnn, Barbara Louise. "Medieval fiction and history in the Heike monogatari story tradition." PhD. Bloomington, Indiana University, 1984. 229 p.
  • Butler, Kenneth Dean. "The birth of an epic: a textual study of the Heike monogatari." PhD diss. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University, 1964. // "The Heike monogatari and the Japanese warrior ethic." HJAS, 29, 1969. pp. 93-108. // "The textual evolution of the Heike monogatari." HJAS, 26, 1966.
  • Other references to add. For now see heike/heike.html on this site
  • see also entry on translation page
  • Ise monogatari

  • Bowring, Richard. "The Ise monogatari: A Short Cultural History." HJAS 52.2 (December 1992): 401-480.
  • Okada. Figures of Resistance. 1991. [Chapter 5]
  • Marra, Aesthetics of Discontent. 1991. [Chapter 2]
  • McCullough, Helen C. Ise monogatari. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1968.
  • Vos, Frits. A Study of the Ise-monogatari with the text according to the Den-Teika-hippon and an annotated translation. 2 vols. 'S-Gravenhage: Mouton & Co., 1957.
  • see also entry on translation page
  • Kojiki L

  • Wehmeyer, Ann, trans. Kojiki-den [Motoori Norinaga] Book 1. Cornell University East Asia Papers, Number 87. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1997. [Commentary]
  • Tomimura, Hitomi. "Positioning Amaterasu: A Reading of the Kojiki," The Japan Foundation Newsletter 22.2 (July, 1994): 12-17.
  • Cranston, Edwin A. A Waka Anthology: Volume One: The Gem-Glistening Cup. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1993. [annotations to kiki kayo, poems from Kojiki and Nihon shoki]
  • Brownlee, John S. Political Thought in Japanese Historical Writing from Kojiki (712) to Tokushi yoron (1712). Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1991.
  • see also entry on translation page
  • Kokin wakashu aW

  • Harper, T. J. "Norinaga on the Translation of Waka: His Preface to A Kokinshu Telescope" in Hare, Borgen and Orbaugh, The Distant Isle (1996): 205-230. [On Motoori Norinaga's Kokin wakashuu tookagami, 1797]
  • Okada. Figures of Resistance. 1991. [Chapter 3]
  • McCullough, Helen C. Brocade by Night: "Kokin Wakashu" and the Court Style in Japanese Classical Poetry. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1985.
  • Lindberg-Wada, G. Poetic Allusion: Some Aspects of the Role Played by Kokin Wakashu as a Source of Poetic Allusion in Genji Monogatari. Japanological Studies 4. Stockholm: University of Stockholm, 1983.
  • Konishi, Jin'ichi, trans. Helen McCullough. "The Genesis of the Kokinshu Style." Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 37.1 (1978).
  • Makoto Ueda, Literary and Art Theories in Japan. 1967. Reprinted Michigan, 1991. Chapter 1 (on kana preface).
  • Brower, Robert H., and Earl Miner. Japanese Court Poetry. Stanford Studies in the Civilizations of Eastern Asia. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1961. [& reprints]
  • Ceadel, E. B. "The Two Prefaces of the Kokinshu." Asia Major 7.1-2 (1955): 40-51.
  • see also entry on translation page
  • Konjaku monogatari [trans]

  • Tonomura, Hitomi. "Long Black Hair and Red Trousers: Gendering the Flesh in Medieval Japan." American Historical Review 99.1 (Feb. 1994): 129-54.
  • Kelsey, W. Michael. Konjaku Monogatari. Boson, Twayne Publishers, 1982. 174p.
  • Kobayashi, Hiroko. The Human Comedy of Heian Japan: A Study of the Secular Stories in the Twelfth-Century Collection of Tales, Konjaku Monogatari. East Asian Cultural Studies Series, No. 19. Tokyo: 1979. 359p.
  • Smith, Robert, "On Certain Tales of the Konjaku Monogatari as Reflections of Japanese Folk Religion," Asian Folklore Studies, 25 (1966): 221-33.
  • Wilson, William Ritchie. "The Way of the Bow and Arrow: The Japanese Warrior in Konjaku Monogatari," MN, 28 (1973): 177-233 [12 tales from Book 25 + 1 from Book 23]
  • Ciapparoni La Rocca, Teresa. "The relationship between Akutagawa's Ochomono and Konjaku monogatari shu." PhD diss. Rome, Universita degli Studi di Roma. 1976.
  • Kelsey, W. Michael. "Didiactics in art: the literary structure of Konjaku monogatari-shu." PhD diss. Bloomington, Indiana Univ., 1976.
  • Kelsey, W. Michael. "Konjaku Monogatari Shu : Toward an Understanding of Its Literary Qualities." MN 30.2 (summer 1975): 121-150.
  • Mills, D. E. "Medieval Japanese Tales Part I." Folklore 83 (winter,1972): 287-301 and Folklore 84 (spring, 1973): 58-74.
  • Brower, Robert H. "The Konzyaku monogatarisyu : An Historical and Critical Introduction, with Annotated Translations of Seventy-eight Tales." Ph.D. dissertation. Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1952.
  • Man'yoshu tW

  • Plutschow, Herbert. Chaos and Cosmos: Ritual in Early and Medieval Japanese Literature. Leiden: Brill, 1990.
  • Ebersole, Gary L. Ritual Poetry and the Politics of Death in Early Japan: Princeton University Press, 1989.
  • Levy, Ian Hideo. Hitomaro and the Birth of Japanese Lyricism: Princeton University Press, 1984.
  • Doe, Paula. A Warbler's Song in the Dusk: The Life and Work of Otomo Yakamochi (718-785). Berkeley: University of California Press, 1982.
  • Chu, Harold Sung. "A structural analysis of Manyoshu poems 1520-2, 892-3 and 800-1." MN, 25-1 (1970): 30-42.
  • See also entry on translation page.
  • Otogizoshi [genre]

  • [listed by title]
  • Skord, Virginia. Tales of Tears and Laughter: Short Fiction of Medieval Japan. Honolulu: Hawaii University Press, 1991.
  • Childs, Margaret H. "Chigo monogatari: Love Stories or Buddhist Sermons?" MN 35.2 (1987). // "The influence of the Buddhist practice of sange on literary form: revelatory tales." Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 14.1 (1987): 53ff.
  • Ichiko, Teiji. "Otogi and Literature." Acta Asiatica 4 (1963): 32-42.
  • Genenz, Kay J. Otogizoshi: Probleme der mittelalterlichen japanischen Kurzprosa unter besonderer Beruecksichtigung ihrer sprachlichen Merkmale und ihrer Bedeutung fuer die japanische Sprachgeschichte. MOAG. Vol. 80. Hamburg: Gesellschaft fuer Natur- und Voelkerkunde Ostasiens, 1979.
  • Mulhern, Chieko Irie. "Cinderella and the Jesuits: An Otogizoshi Cycle as Christian Literature." MN 34.4 (1979): 409-447.
  • Araki, James. "Otogi-zoshi and Nara ehon: A Field of Study in Flux," MN 36:1 (1981).
  • e-text ed. M. Shibata under prep. (KNBT)
  • Taketori monogatari |

  • Okada, H. Richard. Figures of Resistance: Language, Poetry, and Narrating in The Tale of Genji and Other Mid-Heian Texts. Durham and London: Duke UP, 1991. [Chapters 1-2]
  • Marra, Michele. The Aesthetics of Discontent. Hawaii: Hawaii UP, 1991. [Chapter 1]
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  • Towazugatari

  • Marra, Aesthetics of Discontent. 1991. [Chapter 5]
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  • Tsurezuregusa kR (Kenko D@t)

  • Chance, Linda H. Formless in Form: Kenko, 'Tsurezuregusa,' and the Rhetoric of Japanese Fragmentary Prose. Stanford: Stanford UP, 1997.
  • Marra, Aesthetics of Discontent. 1991. [Chapter 6]
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  • Tsutsumi chunagon monogatari [

  • Marra, Aesthetics of Discontent. 1991, 63-9 [on "The Lady Who Admired Vermin" Mushi Mezuru Himegimi]
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  • Utsuho monogatari F^

  • Mueller, Marie Jacqueline. "The Nature and Origins of Realism in "Utsubo monogatari"." Ph.D. diss. Columbia, 1982.
  • Fujikawa, Fumiko M. C. A Study of the Dates and Authorship of the Tale of the Hollow Tree. Hamburg: Gesellschaft fuer Natur- und Voelkerkunde Ostasiens, 1977.
  • Keene, Donald. "The Hippolytus Triangle, East and West." Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature XI (1962). [on incest motif of Tadakoso and stepmother]
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  • NOTES/Abbreviations

    HJAS Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies
    JJS Journal of Japanese Studies
    Keene, Anthology Keene, Donald, ed. Anthology of Japanese Literature to the Nineteenth Century. New York: Grove Press, 1955.
    MN Monumenta Nipponica (Sophia University) [URL]
    Miner et al., Princeton Companion Miner, Earl, Hiroko Odagiri, and Robert E. Morrell. The Princeton Companion to Classical Japanese Literature. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1985.
    POF Publications Orientalistes de France
    TASJ Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan

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    Gosen wakashu "aW

    Shinsen zuino V]

    Toshiyori zuino r]

  • Ito, Setsuko. An Anthology of Traditional Japanese Poetry Competitions: Uta-awase 913-1815. Chinathemen, vol. 57. Bochum: Brockmeyer, 1991. // "The muse in competition; Uta-awase through the ages." MN 37.7 (1982): 201-222. // "A study of the development of poetry competitions." Ph.D. London, 1978.
  • Dykstra, Yoshiko Kurata. "Miraculous Tales of the Lotus Sutra: The Dainihonkoku Hokkegenki." Monumenta Nipponica 32.2 (summer) (1977): 189-210.