If you have an interest in Japanese pre-modern literature, society, and history, here are some grand references from which I’ve pulled gold for this blog. All of the material I reference on my blog is listed here. Enjoy!

Primary Sources

  • Basho, Matsuo, The Narrow Road to Oku (Oku no Hosomichi) trans. Donald Keene (USA: Kodansha, 1996)
  • Cranston, A. Edward, A Waka Anthology Volume Two: Grasses of Remembrance (USA: Stanford University Press, ????)
  • Ellwood, Robert Introducing Japanese Religion (New York: Routledge, 2008)
  • Henkenius, Mary Catherine, and Rodd, Laurel Rasplica Kokinshuu A Collection of Poems Ancient and Modern (Boston: Cheng & Tsui Company, 2009)
  • Kamens, Edward Utamakura, Allusion, and Intertextuality in Traditional Japanese Poetry (Michigan: Yale University Press, 1997)
  • McMillan, Peter, One Hundred Poems, One Poem Each A Translation of the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu (New York: Columbia University Press, 2008)

Secondary Sources

  • Ashkenzai, Michael, Handbook of Japanese Mythology (USA: Oxford University Press, 2003)
  • Aston, W.G, Nihongi Chronicles of Japan from the Earliest Times to A.D. 697 (Vermont: Tuttle publishing, 1972)
  • Bentley, John R., Historiographical Trends in Early Japan (USA: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2002)
  • Carter, Steven D., Traditional Poetry: An Anthology (–Stansford Universtiy Press, 1991)
  • Chamberlain, Basil Hall, The Kojiki Records of Ancient Matters Second Edition (Vermont: Charles E. Tuttle Co., 1981)
  • Hardacre, Helen, Shinto and the State 1868-1988 (UK: Princeton University Press, 1991)
  • Keene, Donald, Seeds in the Heart: Japanese Literature from Earliest Times to the Late Sixteenth Century (–Columbia University Press, 2000)
  • Keene, Donald, Tanabe, George, Varley, Paul, WM. Theodore de Bary, Sources of Japanese Tradition: From Earliest Times to 1600 Volume I Second Edition (New York: Columbia University Press, 2001)
  • Lamarre, Thomas, Uncovering Heian Japan: An Archaeology of Sensation and Inscription (USA: Duke University Press, 2000)
  • McCullough, Helen Craig, Brocade by Night: ‘Kokin wakashu’ and the Court Style in Japanese Classical Poetry (Stanford California: Stanford University Press, 1985)
  • Miner, Earl, Naming Properties: Nominal References in Travel Writings by Matsuo Basho and Sora, Johnson, and Boswell (USA: University of Michigan Press,1999)
  • Morris, Mark, Sei Shonagaon’s Poetic Catalogues (Harvard Yenching Institute: Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, Vol. 40, No. 1, Jun., 1980), pp. 5-54.
  • Mostow, Joshua S., Tyler, Royall, The Ise Stories Ise Monogatari (USA: University of Hawai’i Press, 2010)
  • Nenzi, Laura, Excursions in Identity: Travel and the Intersection of Place, Gender, and Status in Edo Japan (USA: University of Hawai’i Press, 2008)
  • Piggott, Joan R. (ed), Capital and Countryside in Japan, 300 – 1180: Japanese Historians Interpreted in English (New York: East Asia Program Cornell University, 2006)
  • Seidensticker, Edward G., The Gossamer Years: Diary of a Noblewoman of Heian Japan (Boston: Tuttle Publishing, 2001)
  • Shirane, Haruo, The Bridge of Dreams: Poetics of “Tale of Genji” (—– Stanford University Press, 1987)
  • Shirane, Haruo, Traces of Dreams: Landscape, Cultural Memory, and the Poetry of Matsuo Basho (California: Stanford University Press, 1998)
  • Shirane, Haruo and Suzuki, Tomi Inventing the Classics Modernity, National Identity, and Japanese Literature (California: Stanford University Press, 2000)
  • Shikibu, Murasaki, The Tale of Genji (Penguin Deluxe Editions), trans. Royall Tyler (USA: Penguin Books, 2001)
  • Shonagon, Sei, The Pillow Book trans. Meredith McKinney (UK: Penguin Classics, 2006)
  • Wright, Harold, Ten Thousand Leaves: Love Poems from the Manyoshu (–1991)
  • Yamakage, Motohisa, The Essence of Shinto: Japan’s Spiritual Heart (Japan: Kodansha Europe Ltd., 2006)
  • (Website) http://www.asukanet.gr.jp/utamakura/003.html

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