JAPANESE  CIVILIZATION            

INTRODUCTION    SYLLABUS                        PROJECTS

STUDY GUIDES      Japanese History          Japanese Literature             Japanese Culture                          Japanese Autobiography  

LECTURES                 READINGS                        DISCUSSION

HISTORY                    (Ancient-Postclassical-E Modern-19th-20th)       POL(Government-Military)      SOC(Class-Gender)       ECO(Innovation-Trade)     CUL(Rel-Phi-Sci-Art-Lit)
CULTURE                   (Ancient-Postclassical-E Modern-19th-20th )      VERBAL(Lit-Lng-Script-Myth-Folklore)    VISUAL(Pnt-Sclp-Arch)       PERFORMING(Dnc-Mus-Thea-Cin)       
LITERATURE                                (Postclassical-E Modern-19th-20th)       GENRES (PoetryDramaFictionAutobiography -Essay )

LITERARY  ENCYCLOPEDIA                     (Authors-Works-Characters)

Postclassical Period      Early/ Classical/ Medieval          8th- 15th century

Myths and Legends of Japan's origins     
Kojiki                            (8th century)           (Record of Ancient Matters)                                                                                

Poetry          
Anthologies
Man’yôshû                (8th century)             (Collection of myriad verses)                                       
Kokinshû                 (10th century)            (Collection of poems ancient and recent)         
Shinkokinshû        (13th century)            (New collection of poems ancient and recent)
Hyakunin isshu    (13th century)            (A hundred poems by a hundred poets)             

Fiction          
                                      (10th century)             TALES OF ISE (Ise monogatari)                                    
Murasaki Shikibu   (11th century)         TALE OF GENJI (Genji monogatari)                       
                                      (12th century)             TALES OF TIMES NOW PAST (Konjaku monogatari)  
                                      (13th century)             TALES OF THE HEIKE (Heike monogatari )      

Autiobiography              
Mother of Fujiwara Michitsuna    10th century         GOSSAMER DIARY (Kagerô nikki ) 

Essay            
Sei Shonagon          (11th century)           PILLOW BOOK (Makura no sôshi)                    
Kamo no Chômei  (13th century)           AN ACCOUNT OF MY HUT (Hôjôki)              
Yoshida Kenkô       (14th century)            ESSAYS IN IDLENESS (Tsurezuregusa)          

Drama                                                                      Noh drama:  Classical and literarily distinguished, theatrical genre 
Zeami:                         (15th century)             ATSUMORI                        IZUTSU                        NONOMIYA                  SEKIDERA KOMACHI                   TADANORI

Early Modern Period                Tokugawa period  (1600-1868)                 The Genroku era  (1680-1720)

Fiction                                                                      
Ihara Saikaku             (1642-1603)            FIVE WOMEN WHO LOVED LOVE (Kôshoku gonin onna)                     WORLDLY MENTAL CALCULATIONS (Seken munezan’yô)

Poetry and lyrical prose                                
Matsuo Bashô           (1644-1694)            THE NARROW ROAD OF THE INTERIOR (Oku no hosomichi)

Drama -  bunraku (puppet theater)        
Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1653-1725)   LOVE SUICIDES AT AMIJIMA (Shinjû tenno Amijima)

19th Century
Fiction
Late-19th to early 20th century (1890-1915)

Futabatei Shimei    (1864-1909)                DRIFTING CLOUD          MEDIOCRITY
Mori Ôgai                   (1862-1922)                THE DANCING GIRL     THE WILD GOOSE                     THE ABE FAMILY         SANSHO THE STEWARD
Natsume Sôseki      (1867-1916)                I AM A CAT                           BOTCHAN                                      SANSHIRO                       KOKORO                                        GRASS BY THE WAYSIDE
Shimazaki Tôson     (1872-1943)               THE BROKEN COMMANDMENT                                        THE FAMILY                    BEFORE THE DAWN

20th Century
Fiction

Early to mid-20th century (1915-1950)

Akutagawa Ryûnosuke (1892-1927)      EXEMPLARY SHORT STORIES (e.g., Rashomon, Hell Screen, Kappa, Cogwheels)
Shiga Naoya              (1883-1971)                 DARK NIGHT'S PASSING            EXEMPLARY SHORT STORIES (e.g., Han’s Crime, At Kinosaki, The Razor, The Shopboy’s God) 
Nagai Kafû                 (1879-1959)                 THE RIVER SUMIDA                      GEISHA IN RIVALRY                                            STRANGE TALE FROM EAST OF THE RIVER
Dazai Osamu            (1909-1948)                 THE SETTING SUN                          NO LONGER HUMAN
Kawabata Yasunari(1899-1972)                SNOW COUNTRY                           THE SOUND OF THE MOUNTAIN            THE MASTER OF GO                  THE OLD CAPITAL
Tanizaki Jun’ichirô (1886-1965)                 NAOMI       ARROWROOT          PORTRAIT OF SHUNKIN                                 THE MAKIOKA SISTERS           BRIDGE OF DREAMS

Mid-20th to late-20th century (1950-1980)

Ibuse Masuji               (1898-1993)               CASTAWAYS                                         BLACK RAIN
Inoue Yasushi            (1907-1991)               THE ROOF TILE OF TEMPYO    CHRONICLE OF MY MOTHER (memoir)
Ôoka Shôhei              (1909-1988)                TAKEN CAPTIVE                               FIRES ON THE PLAIN
Yasuoka Shôtarô    (1920-2013)                 A VIEW BY THE SEA
Shiba Ryôtarô          (1923-1996)                 CLOUDS ABOVE THE HILL        THE LAST SHOGUN                                            DRUNK AS A LORD (four samurai tales)

Endo  Shusaku         (1923-1996)                 THE SEA AND POISON                 SILENCE                                                                     DEEP RIVER
Mishima Yukio         (1925-1970)                CONFESSIONS OF A MASK      TEMPLE OF THE GOLDEN PAVILION     THE SEA OF FERTILITY (tetralogy of novels)
Abe Kôbô                    (1924-1993)                THE WOMAN IN THE DUNES  THE FACE OF ANOTHER                                 THE BOX MAN           THE ARKSAKURA
Enchi Fumiko            (1905-1986)                THE WAITING YEARS                    MASKS
Ariyoshi Sawako     (1931-1984)                 THE RIVER KI                                      THE DOCTOR'S WIFE                                        THE TWILIGHT YEARS
Ôe Kenzaburô          (1935- )(early phase)   THE CATCH                                     A PERSONAL MATTER

Late-20th to early-21st century (1980- present)
Ôe Kenzaburô         (1935- )(late phase)    THE SILENT CRY                            A HEALING FAMILY
Nakagami Kenji      (1948-1992)                   THE CAPE
Murakami Haruki  (1949- )                              A WILD SHEEP CHASE              NORWEGIAN WOOD         THE WIND-UP BIRD CHRONICLE          KAFKA ON THE SHORE          1Q8
Yoshimoto Banana (1964- )                             KITCHEN                                            GOODBYE TSUGUMI