Voices of East Asia provides significant yet accessible readings in translation chosen to stimulate interest in the long and rich cultural history of East Asia, the countries of China, Japan, and Korea. The readings range from ancient to modern, elite to popular, and include poetry, stories, essays, and drama. Each section begins with a broad but brief overview of that country's political and cultural history. Each reading is preceded by a concise explanation of its literary and cultural context. As expertise in East Asian studies has exploded in the West in recent decades, a novice could be overwhelmed by all the materials available now. In this volume, however, the reader will find a manageable set of texts that may be read on their own, as part of a world literature course, or as supplementary readings for an East Asian history class. As economic and political news from East Asia sweeps across the world, this anthology aims to provide a taste of the enduring traditions upon which contemporary East Asia is built, a glimpse into the hopes and fears, love and sorrow in the hearts of the people behind the headlines.
This anthology will be welcomed by students and scholars of Asian history, culture, society and literature.
Margaret Childs is Associate Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Kansas, USA Nancy Hope is Associate Director of the Kansas Consortium for Teaching about Asia and the Associate Director for Special Projects of the Confucius Institute both at the University of Kansas, USA
Part I: China Book of Songs Book of Documents Book of Rites Analects Mencius Great Learning Doctrine of the Mean Daoist Texts Chinese Poetry The West Chamber Journey to the West Outlaws of the Marsh Short Stories Essays The Old Gun Part II: Japan Japanese Poetry The Pillow Book * Sei Shonagon The Tale of Genji * Murasaki Shikibu Tales of Times Now Past The Tale of the Heike Essays in Idleness Nakamitsu Lord Kikui's Wife Short Stories Jusan'ya. The Thirteenth Night Stories A Sudden Flash of Light Part III: Korea Tan'gun The Tale of Hong Kiltong Korean Poetry Song of a Faithful Wife, Ch'un-hyang Modern Korean Short Fiction