By Shuichi Kato (auth.)
Shuichi Kato's two-volume background of eastern literature is notable for its serious and comparative clutch in addition to for its old scholarship. it's also a special contribution to the topic insofar because it comprises the great unfold of kambun (classic chinese language) literature written through eastern authors. by means of relocating past the dialogue of literary varieties and magnificence into the social historical past which has formed the works, Professor Kato offers the 1st actual heritage of jap literature in its context; in truth, given the significance of literature in eastern cultural heritage usually, Professor Kato's paintings may both be considered as a examine of Japan's highbrow heritage via literature.
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This saying parallels numerous others found in Chinese Confucian literature. The relationship between the ruler and the people as a whole is clearly laid down as are the duties owed by the latter to the former, such as 'loyalty'. As far as the country's officials are concerned, great stress is placed on the harmony which should exist between them and the people. The first article opens with the line, 'Harmony is to be valued', and the final article contains the stricture, 'Weighty matters should not be considered by one person alone; they should be discussed with many people'.
Naturally enough, each of these three types was represented in literature, though the third was the most predominant. The history of modern Japanese literature can also be interpreted in terms of responses to these three underlying types of world-view. Uchimura Kanzo for example represents the writers who accepted foreign thought systems in their original form, while Masamune Hakucho represents the other extreme. Mori Ogai and Natsume Soseki represent the mainstream view. These are all writers of the Meiji period, but even in more modern times, the same has remained true with Miyamoto Yuriko and Kawabata Yasunari representing the two extremes, and Kobayashi Hideo and Ishikawa Jun in the middle.
Metaphorically speaking, in Japan literature took over the role of philosophy; in China, even literature was treated philosophically. 2. LITERATURE- THE PATTERN OF HISTORICAL DEVELOP- MENT The history of written Japanese literature can be traced back to at least the eighth century. Many of the world's literatures go back further, but few have such a long, unbroken tradition of writing in the same language which extends to the present day. For example, there is no Sanskrit literature being written today, and the flourishing literatures of England, France, Germany and Italy cannot for the most part trace their origins much further back than the Renaissance.
A History of Japanese Literature: The First Thousand Years by Shuichi Kato (auth.)