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  • West African Poetryby Robert Fraser

    Cambridge University Press 1986; US$ 35.00

    Previous studies of African poetry have tended to concentrate either on its political content or on its relationship to various European schools. This book examines West African poetry in English and French against the background of oral poetry in the vernacular. Do the roots of such poetry lie in Africa or in Europe? In committing their work to writing,... more...

  • Japanese Slangby Peter Constantine

    Tuttle Publishing 2012; US$ 8.99

    Much more than a Japanese phrasebook, this entertaining guide to Japanese slang is full of interesting and hilarious anecdotes and advice. Japanese Slang Uncensored reveals in vivid detail the richness of Japanese slang in all its amusing, bizarre, and shocking forms. The book dives unblushingly into Japan's fascinating secret languages, the... more...

  • The Modern Murasakiby Rebecca Copeland; Melek Ortabasi

    Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 29.99

    The first anthology of its kind, The Modern Murasaki brings the vibrancy and rich imagination of women's writing from the Meiji period to English-language readers. Along with traditional prose, the editors have chosen and carefully translated short stories, plays, poetry, speeches, essays, and personal journal entries. Selected readings include... more...

  • Zeamiby Motoyiko Zeami; Tom Hare

    Columbia University Press 2008; US$ 29.99

    Zeami (1363-1443), Japan's most celebrated actor and playwright, composed more than thirty of the finest plays of no drama. He also wrote a variety of texts on theater and performance that have, until now, been only partially available in English. Zeami: Performance Notes presents the full range of Zeami's critical thought on this subject, which... more...

  • Chronicles of My Lifeby Donald Keene; Akira Yamaguchi

    Columbia University Press 2008; US$ 18.99

    "I sometimes think that if, as the result of an accident, I were to lose my knowledge of Japanese, there would not be much left for me. Japanese, which at first had no connection with my ancestors, my literary tastes, or my awareness of myself as a person, has become the central element of my life." In this eloquent and wholly absorbing memoir,... more...

  • Chikamatsuby C. Andrew. Gerstle

    Columbia University Press 2010; US$ 36.99

    -- Taipei Times more...

  • Far Beyond the Fieldby Makoto Ueda

    Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 33.99

    -- P. F. Kornicki, Monumenta Nipponica more...

  • Topographies of Japanese Modernismby Seiji M. Lippit

    Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 34.99

    What happens when a critique of modernity -- a "revolt against the traditions of the Western world" -- is situated within a non-European context, where the concept of the modern has been inevitably tied to the image of the West? Seiji M. Lippit o more...

  • The Expression of Information Structureby Manfred Krifka; Renate Musan

    De Gruyter 2012; US$ 149.99

    Information structure deals with the linguistic forms and techniques that support the integration of what is said into the current informational and attentional state of the addressee. This shows in categories like topic-comment structuring, focus to highlight expressions, marking of givenness and of presupposed information, and ways to... more...

  • A Grammar of Tukang Besiby Mark Donohue

    De Gruyter 2011; US$ 335.00

    The series builds an extensive collection of high quality descriptions of languages around the world. Each volume offers a comprehensive grammatical description of a single language together with fully analyzed sample texts and, if appropriate, a word list and other relevant information which is available on the language in question. There... more...