Classical Japanese Reader and Essential Dictionary
In 2005, the celebrated
scholar of Japanese literature Haruo Shirane published Classical Japanese: A Grammar. Now, with Classical Japanese Reader
and Essential Dictionary, he completes his two-volume textbook for learning classical, or literary, Japanese-the primary written
language in Japan from the seventh to the mid-twentieth century. The text contains carefully selected readings that address
a wide array of grammatical concerns and that steadily progress from easy to difficult. The selections encompass a wide range
of historical periods and styles, including essays, fiction, and poetry from such noted works as The Tale of Genji, The Tales
of Ise, The Pillow Book, The Tales of the Heike, and Essays in Idleness, and such authors as Ihara Saikaku, Matsuo Basho,
Ueda Akinari, Motoori Norinaga, and Fukuzawa Yukichi. Each reading is accompanied by a short English introduction, a vocabulary
list, and extensive grammatical notes, and ends with a comprehensive grammatical annotation. The classical Japanese-English
dictionary composes the last third of the book and features approximately 2,500 key words, highlighting those used most frequently.
The first of its kind, this volume is a vital tool for students, scholars, and translators of classical Japanese.
Historical PeriodsRomanizationGrammatical Terms and AbbreviationsPart I. Base Texts 1. An Account of a Ten-foot-square Hut2.
The Tale of the Bamboo CutterPart II. Heian Period 3. The Tales of Ise4. The Pillow Book5. The Tale of Genji6. Sarashina Diary7.
Collection of Tales of Times Now PastPart III. Kamakura Period 8. Hundred Poets, Hundred Poems9. Collection of Tales from
Uji10. The Tales of the Heike11. Essays in IdlenessPart IV. Edo/Tokugawa Period 12. Japan's Eternal Storehouse13. Narrow Road
to the Deep North14. Tales of Moonlight and Rain15. The Tale of Genji, a Small Jeweled CombPart V. Meiji Period 16. Encouragement
of LearningPart VI. Nara Period 17. Collection of Ten Thousand LeavesEssential Dictionary
A classical Japanese reader
and dictionary designed to accompany the definitive Classical Japanese: A Grammar.