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- DescriptionIn the sixth month of 736, a Japanese diplomatic mission set out for the kingdom of Silla, on the Korean peninsula. The envoys undertook the mission - during a period of strained relations with the country of their destination, met with adverse winds and disease during the voyage, and returned empty-handed. The futile journey proved fruitful in one respect: its literary representation - a collection of 145 Japanese poems and their Si-Japanese (kanbun) headtes and foottes - made its way into the eighth-century poetic anthology Man'yoshu , becoming the longest poetic sequence in the collection and one of the earliest Japanese literary travel narratives. Featuring deft translations and incisive analysis, this study investigates the poetics and thematics of the Silla sequence, uncovering what is kwn about the actual historical event and the assumptions and concerns that guided its re-creation as a literary artifact and then helped shape its reception among contemporary readers. H. Mack Horton provides an opportunity for literary archaeology of some of the most exciting dialectics in early Japanese literary history.
- Author BiographyH. Mack Horton is Professor of Premodern Japanese Literature and Culture at the University of California, Berkeley.
- Author(s)H. Mack Horton
- PublisherHarvard University, Asia Center
- Date of Publication02/11/2012
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleHarvard East Asian Monographs
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 330
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHarvard University, Asia Center
- Content Note2 maps
- Weight1043 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine46 mm
- Format DetailsWith printed dust jacket
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