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  • Japanese: A Comprehensive Grammarby Stefan Kaiser; Yasuko Ichikawa; Noriko Kobayashi; Hilofumi Yamamoto

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 88.00

    A complete reference guide to modern Japanese grammar, it fills many gaps left by previous textbooks. Grammar points are put in context by examples from a range of Japanese media. Arranged alphabetically, it includes a detailed index of terms. more...

  • The Modern Japanese Prose Poemby Dennis Keene

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    Though the prose poem came into existence as a principally French literary genre in the nineteenth century, it occupies a place of considerable importance in twentieth-century Japanese poetry. This selection of poems is the first anthology of this genre and, in effect, the first appearance of this kind of poetry in English. Originally published in... more...

  • First Playsby A. A. Milne

    The Floating Press 2012; US$ 3.99

    Though today he's best remembered as the creator of the Winnie the Pooh series of children's books, British writer A.A. Milne was actually a much more prolific playwright than he was a juvenile literature scribe, penning over 30 plays in his lifetime. This collection of Milne's early works for the stage will please Pooh fans curious to... more...

  • Usage-based Approaches to Japanese Grammarby Kaori Kabata; Tsuyoshi Ono

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2014; US$ 149.00

    It is often said that language standardization has been steadily advancing in modern Japan and that speakers in regional Japan are now bi-dialectal and code-switch between “Standard” and “regional” Japanese. The notion of code-switching, however, assumes the existence of varieties, or well-defined linguistic systems, that are... more...

  • Modern Japanese Fiction and Its Traditionsby J. Thomas Rimer

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 41.00

    Thomas Rimer's book seeks to explain the background, structural principles, and development of pre-modem and modern Japanese fiction in a way that is comprehensive, methodical, and accessible to the general reader. Originally published in 1987. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously... more...

  • Japanese Language Teaching in the Ninetiesby Stefan Kaiser

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 73.95

    The world-wide growth in demand for Japanese throughout the world has led to rapid developments in Japanese language teaching. This volume examines these developments and their implications for the future in a series of case studies. more...

  • The Changelingby Thomas Middleton; William Rowley

    The Floating Press 2009; US$ 4.99

    Considered by critics to be one of the best tragedies of the English Renaissance, The Changeling was written by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley and first published in book form in 1653. Beatrice-Joanna is betrothed to Alonzo but in love with Alsemero. She convinces De Flores, who is in love with her, to help her be free of Alonzo - by murdering... more...

  • A Pepper-Podby Kenneth Yasuda; John Gould Fletcher

    Tuttle Publishing 2013; US$ 9.99

    In this compact, evocative verse-form known as haiku Japanese writers have for centuries been condensing their finest poetic thought and feeling. Adequate translation of haiku into English awaited a Japanese writer fully acquainted with the English language. That writer has now appeared in Kenneth Yasuda, and this book is the result of a long-time... more...

  • The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Dramaby J. Thomas Rimer; Mitsuya Mori; M. Cody Poulton

    Columbia University Press 2014; US$ 74.99

    This anthology is the first to survey the full range of modern Japanese drama and make available Japan?s best and most representative twentieth- and early-twenty-first-century works in one volume. Divided into six chronological sections: “The Age of Taisho Drama?; The Tsukiji Tsukiji Little Theater and Its Aftermath?; “Wartime and Postwar Drama?;... more...

  • The Sarashina Diaryby Takasue no Musume Sugawara no; Sonja Arntzen; Moriyuki Ito

    Columbia University Press 2014; US$ 39.99

    A thousand years ago, a young Japanese girl embarked on a journey from the wild East Country to the capital. She began a diary that she would continue to write for the next forty years and compile later in life, bringing lasting prestige to her family. Some aspects of the author?s life and text seem curiously modern. She married late and identified... more...