Kanazōshi Revisited: The Beginnings of Japanese Popular Literature in Print

  title={Kanazōshi Revisited: The Beginnings of Japanese Popular Literature in Print},
  author={Laura Moretti},
  journal={Monumenta Nipponica},
  pages={297 - 356}
  • L. Moretti
  • Published 17 April 2011
  • Art
  • Monumenta Nipponica
An examination of literary histories reveals that scholars often try to convey the “development” of literature in terms of a simple and compelling idea or interpretation, but in the process sometimes neglect the complexities of the material under consideration. This is certainly true of the way literary histories and critical studies have treated the Japanese popular prose of the early seventeenth century: typically, they have sought out texts deemed to have the characteristics of a “shōsetsu… 

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