Masterworks of Asian literature in comparative perspective: a guide for teaching

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The Columbia Project on Asia in the Core Curriculum was initiated as a way of integrating Asian materials into the general core curriculum. The book under review grew out of this project.

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Masterworks ofAsian Literature in Comparative Perspective, edited by the late '! And I would like to say at the very outset that the book fulfills admirably its stated objective. There are over forty essays in this volume, written by acknowledged experts in the field, that ofHawai'i Press Reviews "suggest a range ofpossibilities for introducing material on Asia" p. The essayists are basically critics and translators ofAsian literatures who have had long experience in teaching in undergraduate literature and comparative literature programs.

The editor has sought to "provide the widest choice of approaches to meet the reader's pedagogical needs" p.

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There are two tables ofcontents in this book: one listing by country and the other by genre. The volume opens with a useful introduction by Barbara Stoler Miller that aims to bring out some of the central issues related to masterworks in Asian literatures. The section titled "The Worlds ofAsian Literature" consists of five interesting and informative essays that deal with the imaginative universe of Indian literature in general, modern Indian literature, the imaginative universes ofChinese literature and Japanese literature, and modern Japanese literature.

This is followed by three sections that deal with Indian, Chinese, and Japanese literatures. In examining the literatures of India, China, and Japan, the genres oflyric, narrative, and drama have been foregrounded. A point that is brought out in some ofthe essays, for example by Theodore Huters, is the need to see literature as a complex signifying system, a vital cultural practice. It is generally held, and with a large measure ofjustification, that literature reflects society, and that by reading works ofimaginative literature sensitively , we can understand the contours of a given culture.

Many modern literary theorists have challenged this mimetic concept ofliterature.

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That literature reflects society is true up to a point; however, it does not tell the whole story. The relationship between literary production and the society in which it takes place is so complex that to reduce it to a simple mimetic reflectionism does not help us to attain a comprehensive Access options available:. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.


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