Japanese Aesthetics and Culture: A Reader available in Paperback
This anthology is intended to supplement courses in which Japanese aesthetics and culture are taught. The essays assume little background knowledge; they do represent seminal thought in literary, cultural, and aesthetic criticism, and are well known to scholars for their clarity and straightforward exposition, making them especially useful to the Westerner who does not speak Japanese.
Some of the essays provide a general introduction to the basic theories of Japanese aesthetics, others deal with poetry and theater, and a third group discusses cultural phenomena directly related to classic Japanese literature. The text includes notes on historical periods and language, a glossary of the most significant literary and aesthetic vocabulary, and an extensive, annotated bibliography that guides the reader to primary materials, critical studies, general histories, anthologies, encyclopedias, and lists of films and audio-visual materials.
About the Author
Nancy G. Hume is Associate Professor of English at Essex Community College, Baltimore, Maryland.
Table of Contents
Notes on Language, Pronunciation, Names
1. Japanese Literature: Four Polarities
J. Thomas Rimer
2. Japanese Aesthetics
3. The Vocabulary of Japanese Aesthetics, I, II, III
Wm. Theodore De Bary, Ed.
4. Ways of Japanese Thinking
5. Feminine Sensibility in the Heian Era
6. "Approach to Haiku" and "Basic Principles"
7. Basho on the Art of the Haiku: Impersonality in Poetry
8. Zeami and the Art of the No Drama: Imitation, Yugen , and Sublimity
9. The Social Environment of Tokugawa Kabuki
Donald H. Shively
10. The Wabi Aesthetic through the Ages
11. Bushido: Mode or Ethic?
Roger T. Ames
12. Culture in the Present Age
H. Paul Varley