Praise for the columbia anthology of modern japanese literature volumes 1 and 2 an extremely ambitious anthology that fills a serious gap in resources for teaching modern japanese literature the translations represent sensitive and highly intelligent responses to some of the key texts of the period and constitute an enormous contribution to the field stephen snyder university of . Amazoncom the columbia anthology of modern japanese literature modern asian literature series 9780231118613 rimer j thomas books. J thomas rimer is emeritus professor of east asian languages and literatures at the university of pittsburgh he is the author of several works including traditions in modern japanese fiction an introduction and a readers guide to japanese literature and is the editor with van c gessel of the first volume of the columbia anthology of modern japanese literature from restoration to . This comprehensive anthology collects works of fiction poetry drama and essay writing from a pivotal time in japanese history in addition to their literary achievements the texts reflect the political social and intellectual changes that occurred in japanese society during this period including exposure to western ideas and literature the rise of nationalism and the complex . Modern japanese writers reread the classics of japanese literature infused them with contemporary language and refashioned them with an increased emphasis on psychological elements they also reinterpreted older aesthetic concepts in light of twentieth century mentalities while modern ideas captured the imagination of some japanese writers the example of classical chinese poetry remained
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