WEAI professors Haruo Shirane and Tomi Suzuki, along with Columbia University professor David Lurie, have recently co-edited the landmark book The Cambridge History of Japanese Literature.
The Cambridge History of Japanese Literature provides, for the first time, a history of Japanese literature with comprehensive coverage of the premodern and modern eras in a single volume. The book is arranged topically in a series of short, accessible chapters for easy access and reference, giving insight into both canonical texts and many lesser known, popular genres, from centuries-old folk literature to the detective fiction of modern times. The various period introductions provide an overview of recurrent issues that span many decades, if not centuries. The book also places Japanese literature in a wider East Asian tradition of Sinitic writing and provides comprehensive coverage of women’s literature as well as new popular literary forms, including manga (comic books).
Haruo Shirane is Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature at Columbia University; Tomi Suzuki is Professor of Japanese Literature at Columbia University; and David Lurie is Associate Professor of Japanese History and Literature at Columbia University.