University Press of America
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978-0-7618-3980-4 • Paperback • December 2007 • $56.99 • (£44.00)
Roger K. Thomas is Professor of Japanese Language and Literature at Illinois State University, where he is also director of the East Asian Studies program. His research is primarily in poetry and poetics of early modern Japan and his translations of modern literature have received noted prizes and reviews.
Part 1 Preface and Acknowledgements
Chapter 2 Introduction
Chapter 3 Bakusho (1600–1683)
Chapter 4 Genroku (1680–1740)
Chapter 5 Mid Eighteenth Century (1740–1770)
Chapter 6 Late Eighteenth Century (1771–1800)
Chapter 7 Early Nineteenth Century (1800–1840)
Chapter 8 Bakumatsu (1840–1868)
Part 9 Appendix: Summary of the Kokka Hachiron Controversy
Part 10 Bibliography
Part 11 Index
Provides a firm foundation, in English, for future studies in further detail about specific figures and works in what has, until now, been outside Japan a relatively neglected subfield of early modern literary studies.
— The Journal of Japanese Studies
An English-language introduction to the neglected history of Edo waka will always be useful, especially in undergraduate courses, for giving a fuller picture of the literary and intellectual developments of the time. In this respect Thomas's book provides a convenient oveerview of the main trends and representatives of waka and poetic theory.
— Monumenta Nipponica
Professor Thomas' book is a long-awaited achievement, and will serve as required reading for students and scholars of Japanese and other non-western cultures for many years.
— Lawrence E. Marceau, Senior Lecturer in Japanese, University of Auckland