Re: Re: kitsune's wedding and various
- firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> From: "sean_somers2002" <sean_somers2002@...>Yes it's great!
>>Any that you found that are really a knockout? I've read most of Hearn
>In English, I like _Japanese Tales_ ed.+tr. Royall Tyler, who is a
>competent translator of the nou drama.
>But I just finished vol. one of _Akutagawa Ryuunosuke sakuhinIn English most stuff is cribbed from Shakespeare ;)
>ronshuusei_, which contains no less than six essays on Akutagawa's use
>of classical folklore and literature in his short stories . . . goes
>to show how much the old literary style/themes pervade the modern and
>post-modern etc. Even an anime primetimer like 'Inuyasha', this
>strange continuation with koten.
> >>Yeah, I thought it was really nicely done - varied, scholarly without
> >In English, I like _Japanese Tales_ ed.+tr. Royall Tyler, who is a
> >competent translator of the nou drama.
> Yes it's great!
being dry, a great single volume book. I also really enjoyed _Ghosts
and the Japanese_ by Iwasaka Michiko and Barre Toelken. Now, this
book is meant to be a 'sociological' kind of book . . . you know the
type, someone's trying to combine their spooky, ocultic interests with
something academic enough to get noticed on a CV, but it works in this
case in providing an imaginative, but analytical, study on the
subject. It's great because not only providing legends etc it details
cultural *attitudes* (ie: ritual observations, superstitions, etc), so
you get a sense of how the folklore plays out in daily life, and not
in the ruthlessly idealised fashion of the 'Orient' that most
westerners succumb to.