alphabetical list of classical Japanese works




(1) Abbreviations of names of journals/series/acronyms
(2) Abbreviations of frequently cited publications

(1) Abbreviations of names of journals and series; other acronyms

Some journals not (yet) cited in the bibliography are included here in the interests of completeness.

BOAS: Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
GSRJ: Gunsho ruiju series* (1779-1819, ed. Hanawa Hokinoichi)
HJAS: Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies
JALLC: JALLC Text Archives [source of electronic texts]
JAOS: Journal of the American Oriental Society
JATJ: Journal of the Association of Teachers of Japanese
JJRS: Journal of Japanese Religious Studies (Nanzan). URL
JJS: Journal of Japanese Studies
KNBT: Kochu nihon bungaku taikei series*
MOAG: "Mitteilungen" der deutschen Gesellschaft fuer Natur- und Voelkerkunde Ostasiens
MN: Monumenta Nipponica (Sophia University, Tokyo). URL
OE: Oriens Extremus (Hamburg)
O.P.: out of print
POF: Publications Orientalistes de France
PCCJL: Princeton Companion to Classical Japanese Literature
TASJ: Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan
: Times Literary Supplement
tr.: translated, translation
UP: University Press

*Why are the series KNBT and GSRJ here? Conveniently out of copyright, they are being used as the base texts for electronic texts available on Japanese web sites.

(2) Abbreviations of frequently cited publications

For the sake of clarity and convenience, a mixture of reference styles are used.

Aston, History, 1899
Aston, William. A History of Japanese Literature. New York, 1899. (+Reprints)
Benl, Kirschbluetenzweig, 1985
Benl, Oscar. Der Kirschbluetenzweig: Japanische Liebesgeschichten aus tausend Jahren. Munchen: Nymphenburger Verlagshandlung, 1985.
Bownas and Thwaite 1964
Bownas, Geoffrey, and Anthony Thwaite, Penguin Book of Japanese Verse. Harmondsworth, 1964. [O.P. but see B&N second-hand. Revised edition available from Amazon U.K.?]
Brower and Miner, JSP, 1961
Brower, Robert H., and Earl Miner. Japanese Court Poetry. Stanford Studies in the Civilizations of Eastern Asia. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1961.
Carter, MJW, 1999
Carter, Steven D., ed. Medieval Japanese Writers. Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 203. Detroit, Washington, London: A Bruccoli Clark Layman Book, 1999. 315 pp.
*33 entries on writers and genres from "Abutsu-ni" to "Zeami (Kanze Motokiyo)" by leading specialists.
Cranston, "Dark Path," 1975
Cranston, Edwin A. "The Dark Path: Images of Longing in Japanese Love Poetry." HJAS 35 (1975): 60-100.
Daniels, Selections from Japanese Literature, 1953
Daniels, F. J., ed. Selections from Japanese Literature (12th to 19th Centuries). London: Lund Humphries, 1958. [Introduction to excerpt, Japanese text, notes, romanization and translation]
Florenz, Quellen, 1919
Florenz, Karl. Die historischen Quellen der Shinto-Religion. Goettingen, Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht, 1919.
Hare et al., Distant Isle, 1996
The Distant Isle: Studies and Translations of Japanese Literature in Honor of Robert H. Brower, ed. by Thomas Hare, Robert Borgen, and Sharalyn Orbaugh. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan, 1996
Gatten and Chambers, New Leaves, 1993
Gatten, Aileen and Anthony Hood Chambers, eds. New Leaves: Studies and Translations of Japanese Literature in Honor of Edward Seidensticker. Michigan Monograph Series in Japanese Studies, No. 11. Ann Arbor: Center for Japanese Studies, The University of Michigan, 1993.
Heinrich, Currents, 1997
Heinrich, Amy Vladeck, ed. Currents in Japanese Culture: Translations and Transformations. New York: Columbia University Press, 1997.
Herail, Bibliographie, 1986
Herail, Francine. Bibliographie Japonaise. Paris: POF, 1986.
Keene, Anthology, 1955.
Keene, Donald, ed. Anthology of Japanese Literature from the earliest era to the Nineteenth Century. New York: Grove Press, 1955. [pbk 1988]. REV: Roggendorf, MN 13 (1957).
Matisoff, Legend, 1978
Matisoff, Susan. The Legend of Semimaru: Blind Musician of Japan. New York: Columbia University Press, 1978.
McCullough, Classical Japanese Prose, 1990
McCullough, Helen, compiled and ed. Classical Japanese Prose: An Anthology. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1990.
Miner et al., Princeton Companion, 1985 [PCCJL]
Miner, Earl, Hiroko Odagiri, and Robert E. Morrell. The Princeton Companion to Classical Japanese Literature. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1985.
Naumann, Zauberschale, 1973
Naumann, Nelly and Wolfram. Die Zauberschale: Erzaehlungen vom Leben japanischer Damen, Moenche, Herren und Knechte. Munich, Vienna: Carl Hanser. Rpt. Munich: Deutscher Taschenbuch, 1990.
Nihon koten bungaku daijiten (one volume, "kan'yakuban"). Iwanami, 1986.
Omori and Doi, Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan, 1920
Omori, Annie Shepley, and Kochi Doi. Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1920.196 p. [Sarashina nikki, Murasaki Shikibu nikki, Izumi Shikibu nikki]
Miner, Earl, Hiroko Odagiri, and Robert E. Morrell. Princeton Companion to Classical Japanese Literature. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1985. [Translates many titles of works.]
Reischauer and Yamagiwa, Translations, 1951
Reischauer, Edwin O., and Joseph K. Yamagiwa. Translations from Early Japanese Literature. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard-Yenching Institute Studies XXIX, 1951.
Sato and Watson 1981
Sato, Hiroaki, and Burton Watson, eds. From the Country of Eight Islands. An Anthology of Japanese Poetry. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1981. [Rpt Columbia UP]
Sieffert, Le Livre des contes, 1993.
Sieffert, Rene. Le Livre des contes. Paris: P.O.F., 1993.
Skord, Tales of Tears and Laughter, 1991
Skord, Virginia. Tales of Tears and Laughter: Short Fiction of Medieval Japan. Honolulu: Hawaii University Press, 1991.
Teele, Ono no Komachi, 1993
Teele, Roy E., Nicholas J. Teele, and H. Rebecca Teele. Ono no Komachi: Poems, Stories, No Plays. New York & London: Garland Publishing, 1993
Tyler, Tales, 1987
Tyler, Royall. Japanese Tales. New York: Pantheon Books, 1987. [Tales cited here by number, see index, pp. 367-330 for details.]
Tyler, JND, 1992
Tyler, Royall. Japanese No Dramas. Harmondsworth: Penguin,1992.

Many thanks to everyone who has written to point out errors and omissions, or to suggest ways to improve this bibliography. Substantial contributions were received from: X. Jie Yang, Niel Guelsberg, Lorinda Kiyama, Roberta Strippoli, and Michael Wachutka.

I am also grateful for suggestions and corrections from Robert Borgen, Richard Bowring, Rose Bundy, Charo B. D'Etcheverry, Jordi Escurriola, Karel Fiala, Stephen Forrest, H. Mack Horton, Robert Khan, Christina Laffin, David Lurie, Robert E. Morrell, Denise O'Brien, Noel Pinnington, John Schmitt-Weigand, Joseph Sorensen, Kendon Stubbs, Hitomi Tonomura, Melanie Trede, Klaus Vollmer, and Joshua Young. Apologies to anyone I've overlooked. Last but not least, many thanks to Kate Nakai for making the Monumenta Nipponica index available on the Web:


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