The Tale of the Heike

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Download The Tale of the Heike by PDF/Ebook Free clicking on the below button will initiate the downloading process of The Tale of the Heike by . This book is available in ePub and PDF format with a single click unlimited downloads. The Tale of the Heike is Japan's great martial epic; a masterpiece of world literature and the progenitor of all samurai stories, now in a major and groundbreaking new translation by Royall Tyler, acclaimed translator of The Tale of Genji. First assembled from scattered oral poems in the early fourteenth century, The Tale of the Heike is Japan's Iliad - a grand-scale depiction of the wars between the Heike and Genji clans. Legendary for its magnificent and vivid set battle scenes, it is also a work filled with intimate human dramas and emotions, contemplating Buddhist themes of suffering and separation, as well as universal insights into love, loss and loyalty. The narrative moves back and forth between the two great warring clans, between aristocratic society and street life, adults and children, great crowds and introspection. No Japanese work has had a greater impact on subsequent literature, theatre, music and films, or on Japan's sense of its own past. Royall Tyler's new translation is the first to capture the way The Tale of the Heike was originally performed. It re-creates the work in its full operatic form, with speech, poetry, blank verse and song that convey its character as an oral epic in a way not seen before, fully embracing the rich and vigorous language of the original texts. Beautifully illustrated with fifty-five woodcuts from the nineteenth-century artistic master, Katsushika Hokusai, and bolstered with maps, character guides, genealogies and rich annotation, this is a landmark edition. Royall Tyler taught Japanese language and literature for many years at the Australian National University. He has a B.A. from Harvard University and a PhD from Columbia University and has taught at Harvard, Stanford and the University of Wisconsin. His translation of The Tale of Genji was acclaimed by publications such as The New York Times Book Review.


The Tale of the Heike

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ISBN 10 : 9780241386033
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Download The Tale of the Heike by PDF/Ebook Free clicking on the below button will initiate the downloading process of The Tale of the Heike by . This book is available in ePub and PDF format with a single click unlimited downloads. The Tale of the Heike is Japan's great martial epic: a masterpiece of world literature and the progenitor of all samurai stories. This major and groundbreaking new Penguin translation is by Royall Tyler, acclaimed translator of The Tale of Genji. First assembled from scattered oral poems in the early fourteenth century, The Tale of the Heike is Japan's Iliad - a grand-scale depiction of the wars between the Heike and Genji clans. Legendary for its magnificent and vivid set battle scenes, it is also a work filled with intimate human dramas and emotions, contemplating Buddhist themes of suffering and separation, as well as universal insights into love, loss and loyalty. The narrative moves back and forth between the two great warring clans, between aristocratic society and street life, adults and children, great crowds and introspection. No Japanese work has had a greater impact on subsequent literature, theatre, music and films, or on Japan's sense of its own past. Royall Tyler's new translation is the first to capture the way The Tale of the Heike was originally performed. It re-creates the work in its full operatic form, with speech, poetry, blank verse and song that convey its character as an oral epic in a way not seen before, fully embracing the rich and vigorous language of the original texts. Beautifully illustrated with fifty-five woodcuts from the nineteenth-century artistic master, Katsushika Hokusai, and bolstered with maps, character guides, genealogies and rich annotation, this is a landmark edition. Royall Tyler taught Japanese language and literature for many years at the Australian National University. He has a B.A. from Harvard University and a PhD from Columbia University and has taught at Harvard, Stanford and the University of Wisconsin. His translation of The Tale of Genji was acclaimed by publications such as The New York Times Book Review.


The Tales of the Heike

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Publisher : Columbia University Press
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ISBN 10 : 9780231510837
Pages : 376 pages
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Download The Tales of the Heike by Burton Watson PDF/Ebook Free clicking on the below button will initiate the downloading process of The Tales of the Heike by Burton Watson. This book is available in ePub and PDF format with a single click unlimited downloads. The Tales of the Heike is one of the most influential works in Japanese literature and culture, remaining even today a crucial source for fiction, drama, and popular media. Originally written in the mid-thirteenth century, it features a cast of vivid characters and chronicles the epic Genpei war, a civil conflict that marked the end of the power of the Heike and changed the course of Japanese history. The Tales of the Heike focuses on the lives of both the samurai warriors who fought for two powerful twelfth-century Japanese clans-the Heike (Taira) and the Genji (Minamoto)-and the women with whom they were intimately connected. The Tales of the Heike provides a dramatic window onto the emerging world of the medieval samurai and recounts in absorbing detail the chaos of the battlefield, the intrigue of the imperial court, and the gradual loss of a courtly tradition. The book is also highly religious and Buddhist in its orientation, taking up such issues as impermanence, karmic retribution, attachment, and renunciation, which dominated the Japanese imagination in the medieval period. In this new, abridged translation, Burton Watson offers a gripping rendering of the work's most memorable episodes. Particular to this translation are the introduction by Haruo Shirane, the woodblock illustrations, a glossary of characters, and an extended bibliography.


The Tales of the Heike

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Publisher : Columbia University Press
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ISBN 10 : 9780231138031
Pages : 229 pages
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Download The Tales of the Heike by Burton Watson PDF/Ebook Free clicking on the below button will initiate the downloading process of The Tales of the Heike by Burton Watson. This book is available in ePub and PDF format with a single click unlimited downloads. Originally written in the mid-thirteenth century, The Tales of the Heike chronicles the epic Genpei war, a civil conflict that marked the end of the power of the Heike clan and changed the course of Japanese history. Featuring a vivid cast of characters, the book depicts the emerging world of the medieval samurai and recounts in absorbing detail the chaos of the battlefield, the intrigue of the imperial court, and the gradual loss of courtly tradition. This new, abridged translation presents the work's most gripping episodes and includes woodblock illustrations, a glossary of characters, and an extended bibliography.


Japanese Culture

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Publisher : University of Hawaii Press
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ISBN 10 : 0824821521
Pages : 404 pages
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Download Japanese Culture by Paul Varley PDF/Ebook Free clicking on the below button will initiate the downloading process of Japanese Culture by Paul Varley. This book is available in ePub and PDF format with a single click unlimited downloads. For nearly three decades Japanese Culture has garnered high praise as an accurate and well-written introduction to Japanese history and culture. This widely used undergraduate text is now available in a new edition. Thoroughly updated, the fourth edition includes expanded sections on numerous topics, among which are samurai values, Zen Buddhism, the tea ceremony, Confucianism in the Tokugawa period, the story of the forty-seven ronin, Mito scholarship in the early nineteenth century, and mass culture and comics in contemporary times.


Evanescence and Form

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Publisher : Springer
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ISBN 10 : 9780230615489
Pages : 260 pages
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Download Evanescence and Form by C. Inouye PDF/Ebook Free clicking on the below button will initiate the downloading process of Evanescence and Form by C. Inouye. This book is available in ePub and PDF format with a single click unlimited downloads. This book explores the Japanese notion of hakanasa - the evanescence of all things. Responses to this idea have been various and even contradictory: asceticism, fatalism, conformism, hedonism, materialism, and careerism. This book examines the ties between an epistemology of constant change and Japan's formal emphasis on etiquette and visuality.


Handbook of Japanese Mythology

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Publisher : ABC-CLIO
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ISBN 10 : 9781576074671
Pages : 375 pages
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Download Handbook of Japanese Mythology by Michael Ashkenazi PDF/Ebook Free clicking on the below button will initiate the downloading process of Handbook of Japanese Mythology by Michael Ashkenazi. This book is available in ePub and PDF format with a single click unlimited downloads. An introductory guide to the mythology of Japan—one of the most pervasive yet least understood facets of Japanese culture.


Warriors of Japan as Portrayed in the War Tales

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ISBN 10 : 0824816013
Pages : 308 pages
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Download Warriors of Japan as Portrayed in the War Tales by Paul Varley PDF/Ebook Free clicking on the below button will initiate the downloading process of Warriors of Japan as Portrayed in the War Tales by Paul Varley. This book is available in ePub and PDF format with a single click unlimited downloads. A leading cultural historian of premodern Japan draws a rich portrait of the emerging samurai culture as it is portrayed in gunki-mono, or war tales, examining eight major works spanning the mid-tenth to late fourteenth centuries. Although many of the major war tales have been translated into English, Warriors of Japan is the first book-length study of the tales and their place in Japanese history. The war tales are one of the most important sources of knowledge about Japan's premodern warriors, revealing much about the medieval psyche and the evolving perceptions of warriors, warfare, and warrior customs.


The Teeth and Claws of the Buddha

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ISBN 10 : 9780824831233
Pages : 234 pages
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Download The Teeth and Claws of the Buddha by Mikael S. Adolphson PDF/Ebook Free clicking on the below button will initiate the downloading process of The Teeth and Claws of the Buddha by Mikael S. Adolphson. This book is available in ePub and PDF format with a single click unlimited downloads. Japan’s monastic warriors have fared poorly in comparison to the samurai, both in terms of historical reputation and representations in popular culture. Often maligned and criticized for their involvement in politics and other secular matters, they have been seen as figures separate from the larger military class. However, as Mikael Adolphson reveals in his comprehensive and authoritative examination of the social origins of the monastic forces, political conditions, and warfare practices of the Heian (794–1185) and Kamakura (1185–1333) eras, these "monk-warriors"(sôhei) were in reality inseparable from the warrior class. Their negative image, Adolphson argues, is a construct that grew out of artistic sources critical of the established temples from the fourteenth century on. In deconstructing the sôhei image and looking for clues as to the characteristics, role, and meaning of the monastic forces, The Teeth and Claws of the Buddha highlights the importance of historical circumstances; it also points to the fallacies of allowing later, especially modern, notions of religion to exert undue influence on interpretations of the past. It further suggests that, rather than constituting a separate category of violence, religious violence needs to be understood in its political, social, military, and ideological contexts.


Traditional Japanese Literature

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ISBN 10 : 9780231157308
Pages : 601 pages
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Download Traditional Japanese Literature by Haruo Shirane PDF/Ebook Free clicking on the below button will initiate the downloading process of Traditional Japanese Literature by Haruo Shirane. This book is available in ePub and PDF format with a single click unlimited downloads. Traditional Japanese Literature features a rich array of works dating from the very beginnings of the Japanese written language through the evolution of Japan's noted aristocratic court and warrior cultures. It contains stunning new translations of such canonical texts as The Tales of the Heike as well as works and genres previously ignored by scholars and unknown to general readers.


Japanese Singers of Tales: Ten Centuries of Performed Narrative

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ISBN 10 : 9781351925518
Pages : 310 pages
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Download Japanese Singers of Tales: Ten Centuries of Performed Narrative by Alison McQueen Tokita PDF/Ebook Free clicking on the below button will initiate the downloading process of Japanese Singers of Tales: Ten Centuries of Performed Narrative by Alison McQueen Tokita. This book is available in ePub and PDF format with a single click unlimited downloads. Alison McQueen Tokita presents a series of case studies that demonstrate the persistence of Japanese sung narratives in a multiplicity of genres over ten centuries, including the way they flourished and declined, together with factors contributing to development and change in narrative performance. Performed narratives are examples of a shared cultural heritage, which in the past have given people a sense of belonging to a community. Narratives that were continually re-told and recycled in different versions and formats over a long period of time served to build people's sense of a common identity over space (the geographical extent of 'Japan') and time (the enduring power of many specific narratives such as The Tale of the Heike). Much scholarly attention has focused on Japanese pre-modern literature and drama, but the tradition of oral narrative has barely been touched. Tokita argues that it is possible to identify a continuous tradition of performed narrative in Japan from the tenth to the twentieth centuries. The elements of variation and change relate to the move away from oral narrative to text-based performance, and from a simple narrative situation with one performer to complex theatrical narratives with dancers, singers and other musicians. The resulting complexity led to the pre-eminence of the musical aspects in some cases, and of dramatic or dance aspects in others. Tokita includes substantial musical analysis and exploration of theoretical issues, as well as documentation of important performance traditions, all of which are extant.


Chaos and Cosmos

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ISBN 10 : 9004086285
Pages : 302 pages
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Unconventional Computing, Arts, Philosophy

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Publisher : World Scientific
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ISBN 10 : 9789811257162
Pages : 598 pages
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Download Unconventional Computing, Arts, Philosophy by Andrew Adamatzky PDF/Ebook Free clicking on the below button will initiate the downloading process of Unconventional Computing, Arts, Philosophy by Andrew Adamatzky. This book is available in ePub and PDF format with a single click unlimited downloads. The unique compendium re-assesses the value of future and emergent computing technologies via artistic and philosophical means. The book encourages scientists to adopt inspiring thinking of artists and philosophers to reuse scientific concepts in their works.The useful reference text consists of non-typical topics, where artistic and philosophical concepts encourage readers to adopt unconventional approaches towards computing and immerse themselves into discoveries of future emerging landscape.


Comparative Poetics

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Publisher : Princeton University Press
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ISBN 10 : 0691014906
Pages : 284 pages
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Download Comparative Poetics by Earl Roy Miner PDF/Ebook Free clicking on the below button will initiate the downloading process of Comparative Poetics by Earl Roy Miner. This book is available in ePub and PDF format with a single click unlimited downloads. "Comparative literature," Earl Miner writes, "clearly involves something more than comparing two great German poets, and something different from a Chinese studying French literature or a Russian studying Italian literature." But what would a true intercultural poetics be? This work proposes various ways to "study something other than what are, all things considered, the short and simple annals of one cultural parish at one historic moment." The first developed account of theories of literature from an intercultural standpoint, the book shows that an "originative" or "foundational" poetics develops in cultures with explicit poetics when critics define the nature and conditions of literature in terms of the then most esteemed genredrama, lyric, or narrative. Earl Miner demonstrates that these definitions and inferences from them constitute useful bases for comparative poetics.


The Ashgate Research Companion to Japanese Music

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Download The Ashgate Research Companion to Japanese Music by David W. Hughes PDF/Ebook Free clicking on the below button will initiate the downloading process of The Ashgate Research Companion to Japanese Music by David W. Hughes. This book is available in ePub and PDF format with a single click unlimited downloads. Music is a frequently neglected aspect of Japanese culture. It is in fact a highly problematic area, as the Japanese actively introduced Western music into their modern education system in the Meiji period (1868-1911), creating westernized melodies and instrumental instruction for Japanese children from kindergarten upwards. As a result, most Japanese now have a far greater familiarity with Western (or westernized) music than with traditional Japanese music. Traditional or classical Japanese music has become somewhat ghettoized, often known and practised only by small groups of people in social structures which have survived since the pre-modern era. Such marginalization of Japanese music is one of the less recognized costs of Japan's modernization. On the other hand, music in its westernized and modernized forms has an extremely important place in Japanese culture and society, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, for example, being so widely known and performed that it is arguably part of contemporary Japanese popular and mass culture. Japan has become a world leader in the mass production of Western musical instruments and in innovative methodologies of music education (Yamaha and Suzuki). More recently, the Japanese craze of karaoke as a musical entertainment and as musical hardware has made an impact on the leisure and popular culture of many countries in Asia, Europe and the Americas. This is the first book to cover in detail all genres including court music, Buddhist chant, theatre music, chamber ensemble music and folk music, as well as contemporary music and the connections between music and society in various periods. The book is a collaborative effort, involving both Japanese and English speaking authors, and was conceived by the editors to form a balanced approach that comprehensively treats the full range of Japanese musical culture.


Epic Grandeur

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ISBN 10 : 0791432017
Pages : 284 pages
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Download Epic Grandeur by Masaki Mori PDF/Ebook Free clicking on the below button will initiate the downloading process of Epic Grandeur by Masaki Mori. This book is available in ePub and PDF format with a single click unlimited downloads. Examines both Western and Japanese epic traditions to argue for a new concept of the epic--an epic of peace, toward which the genre is evolving globally.


The Strong and the Weak in Japanese Literature

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ISBN 10 : 9781136970511
Pages : 208 pages
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Download The Strong and the Weak in Japanese Literature by Fuminobu Murakami PDF/Ebook Free clicking on the below button will initiate the downloading process of The Strong and the Weak in Japanese Literature by Fuminobu Murakami. This book is available in ePub and PDF format with a single click unlimited downloads. This book uses texts from classical to modern Japanese literature to examine concepts of 'respect for the strong', as a notion of an evolutionary society, and 'sympathy for the weak', as a notion of a non-violent and changeless egalitarian society. The term strong refers not just to those with strength and power. It also includes other ideal attributes such as beauty, youth and goodness. Similarly, the term weak implies not only the weak and infirm, but also the disadvantaged, the indecent, the unsophisticated and those generally shunned by society. The former are associated not only with the power of life, competition, evolution, progress, development, ability, effectiveness, efficiency, individuality, the future, hope and romance, but also with violence, fighting, bullying, discrimination and sacrifice. The latter, in contrast, invoke notions of peace, egalitarianism, anti-discrimination and welfare, as well as stagnation, retreat, retrogression, degeneration and the decline of vital powers. By using these two concepts Murakami skillfully weaves a narrative that is part literary criticism, part social commentary. As such the book will be of huge interest to not only scholars and students of Japanese literature, but also those of Japanese society and culture.