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Title: Japanese literature of the Shōwa period : a guide to Japanese reference and research materials / Joseph K. Yamagiwa.
Author: Yamagiwa, Joseph K. (Joseph Koshimi), 1906-
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THE BASIC REFERENCE WORKS 57 237. Numazawa Tatsuo S 4 t, Nihon bungakushi hy6ran 0 - ~ _ t < V7 (Tables for the history of Japanese literature), Toky6, Meiji Shoin, 1934, 2v. Publication near the end of the first decade of the Showa era limits the value of this compendium as far as Sh6wa literature is concerned. However, in tabular form, it shows the full history of Japanese literature up to 1931 and is especially valuable for its treatment of twentieth century materials forming the immediate background of Showa writing. The tables in the first volume cover the history, era by era, of the tanka, kyoka (comic 31-syllable poem), shiika (the long poem), renga (linked poem), haikai and haiku, senryu (the satiric 17-syllable poem), songs and chants, drama (the marionette play, kabuki, modem drama), fiction, diary, travel writing, essay, and criticism. Also, as genres ancillary to Japanese literature are Chinese prose and poetry written in Japan and writings in history, kokugaku ("national learning"), religion, and calligraphy, all represented in tabular form. Schools of painting, sculpture, the decorative arts, and architecture, and the manners and customs of each age are also shown. Of particular interest for present purposes are the tables showing the products of Meiji, Taish6, and Sh6wa literature given on pages 130 -151. On pages 130-133, for instance, is given a genealogical table of schools of the tanka since Meiji times, showing the poets and magazines associated with the various schools. Also to be noted are the histories of literature, reference works, and dictionaries listed in chronological form on pages 166-171; and the contents of four k6za or essay series on Japanese literature (Nihon bungaku k6za, published by Shinch6sha in 1928-29; Iwanami k6za Nihon bungaku, published by Iwanami Shoten in 1931-33; Tanka koza, published by Kaizosha in 1931-32; and Haiku koza, also published by Kaiz6sha in 1932-34, given on pp. 172 -175. A list of translations of Japanese literature is given on pp. 178-206, and the contents of various anthologies, including a few published in the Showa period, on pp. 207-224. The second volume contains a booklet including a chronological table of Japanese history, with Chinese and Gregorian equivalents, and tables of the Japanese emperors and eras and of the Chinese dynasties and eras; a table showing the development of the genres of Japanese literature, with examples of each genre, and cross-lines indicating the influences affecting each genre; a chronological table showing the emperors and principal officials of each era; and two tables indicating the life spans of the major Japanese authors, one for literature up to and including the Muromachi era and one for the authors of the Tokugawa period and after. 238. Noma Hiroshi g- MI ~ and others, ed., "Nihon puroretaria bungaku nempy6o oa 7czl a '( L (A chronological table for proletarian literature) [at the end of each volume of Nihon puroretaria bungaku taikei 0 7~ '17 Vr vi-'. ^u ^ (Outline of Japanese proletarian literature)], Ky6to, San'ichi Shob6, 1954-1955, Introductory v. plus 8 v. This table is divided into three columns, the first giving the chief works of proletarian literature, the second the literary events and trends related to proletarian literature, and the third the principal.political and social events year by year. The coverage, volume by volume, is as follows: Introductory. 1895-1915 1. 1916-1923 2. 1924-April, 1928 3. March 25, 1928-June, 1929 4. June, 1929-July, 1930 5. August, 1930-December, 1931 6. January, 1932-March, 1934 7. April, 1934-June, 1937 8. July, 1937-August, 1945 239. Sait6 Sh6ozo 6 A, Gendai Nihon bungaku dainempy6o A <v 0 9 K I ~ (A large chronological table for modern Japanese literature )[= suppl. v. to Gendai Nihon bungaku zenshu], T6ky6, Kaizosha, 1931. 240. Saito Shozo X X & - and Kimura Ki t, Seiyo bungaku hon'yaku nempyo 7 4 tJ' A A- _ (A chronological table of translations of Western literature) [ in Iwanami koza sekai bungaku;, * _, [Iwanami essay series in world literature)], Tokyo, Iwanami Shoten, 1932. F. JOURNALS The following is a list of most of the magazines cited in Chapter III (Bibliography of Showa literature). The purpose here is to give something of the history of each magazine, its editorial policy, and the principal authors whose works it has published. The characters used in writing each author's name will be found either in Chapter III or in the Index of Authors and Editors, and the characters used in writing the titles of books and shorter Works will be found in Chapter III. The characters, however, are given for such works as were published prior to the Sh6wa era. In the present section, there is usually no indication of the particular issue of a magazine in which any title of the Sh6wa era was printed. For full bibliographical details see Chapter HI. 241. Ab5o f (Abo [name of a Chinese palace]) A literary magazine begun as a quarterly in June, 1935. The publisher was Ab5sha. At first it covered the whole field of literature and issued extra numbers on specific writers. As of October, 1939, it was taken over by Akatsuka Shob6 and published as a monthly. It preserved itself as a literary magazine for two or three years more. H6j6 Makoto wrote "Harufuku (Spring wear)," for Abo in 1940 at the beginning of his literary career. Otherwise, nothing worth noting is to be found in this magazine.
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