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A Guide to Premodern Japanese Literature

Your companion to navigate from HEIAN to EDO literature.

Shidō Bunko ronshū

Shidō Bunko ronshū [Confucius literature reviews] Academic periodical focusing on Premodern Japanese literature with more than 50 years of history, issued by an Oriental studies institution at Keio University in Japan. Articles sometimes include Kanbun, texts from China as well due to the origin of the institution. (No Print Holds at WU Libraries)

Jissen Joshi Daigaku Bungei Shiryō Kenkyūjo nenpō

Jissen Joshi Daigaku Bungei Shiryō Kenkyūjo nenpō [annuals for Jissen Women's Educational Institute Bungei Material Laboratory] Total 38 volumes so far have been produced since 1982 based on the research for their own rare books collections and digitization projects. Plenty of scholars for the institute have been contributing articles for annuals as well as other published articles. (No Print Holds at WU Libraries)


Shirin [anthologies] cover articles related to Premodern Japanese literature in general, compiled by leading scholars at Osaka University for the last three decades. Most articles are written by current and previous graduate students. (No Print Holds at WU Libraries)

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Nihon bungaku kenkyū jānaru

Nihon bungaku kenkyū jānaru [journal for Japanese literature] Although relatively new publication since 2017, this periodical covers diversified topics from premodern to modern, prose to poetry. Online versions could be accessed free of charge based on their reviews of each application. (No Print Holds at WU Libraries) 

Kodai chūsei bungaku ronkō

Kodai chūsei bungaku ronkō [literature reviews in ancient & medieval times] Total 38 volumes so far have been published by an academic book publisher specialized in Japanese literature for the last two decades and each issue carries 5 to 6 articles related to Premodern literature. (No Print Holds at WU Libraries)

Renga haikai kenkyū

Renga haikai kenkyū [journal of waka poetry] surveys the history of waka poetry including "renga," a poetic dialogue, among several poets as well as lovers since the 12th century. After Poet A creates 17 syllables of kami no ku (5/7/5), Poet B follows with 14 syllables of shimo no ku, which is sometimes followed with the additional 17 syllables of kami no ku by Poet A or C.

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