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Japanese Hieroglossia

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ISBN: 9782722602717 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Collège de France
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At a very early stage, Japanese civilization asserted itself in a relationship of “linguistic competition” with Chinese, in both the religious, the literary, and the intellectual spheres. This cultural symbiosis linked to the shaping of a language, that Jean-Noël Robert has called hieroglossia, was the primary source of the speech that Yasunari Kawabata delivered upon receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1968: By drawing on Japanese Buddhist poetry, he placed himself in the Zen traditio...

The Disaster of the Third Princess

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Book Series: Asian Studies Series Monograph ISBN: 9781921536670 Year: Pages: 244 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_459077 Language: English
Publisher: ANU Press
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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These seven essays by the most recent English translator of The Tale of Genji emphasize three major interpretive issues. What is the place of the hero (Hikaru Genji) in the work? What story gives the narrative underlying continuity and form? And how does the closing section of the tale (especially the ten “Uji chapters”) relate to what precedes it? Written over a period of nine years, the essays suggest fresh, thought-provoking perspectives on Japan’s greatest literary classic.

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