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The Ise Stories: Ise monogatari

Joshua S. Mostow

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ISBN 10: 0824834518 / ISBN 13: 9780824834517
Published by University of Hawaii Press, 2010
Condition: Collectible: Like New Soft cover
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Signed Like new paperback! Appears unread. No spine crease. Binding is tight and square. Personalized inscription (to Juanita) signed by Joshua Mostow on half-title page. Text is clean, unmarked. (Shelf location: A) All items carefully packed to avoid damage from moisture and rough handling. Tracking included. Bookseller Inventory # 056282

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Title: The Ise Stories: Ise monogatari

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Collectible: Like New

Signed: ISigned

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Ise monogatari is one of classical Japan’s most important texts. It influenced other literary court romances like The Tale of Genji and inspired artists, playwrights, and poets throughout Japanese history and to the present day.

In a series of 125 loosely connected episodes, the Ise tells the story of a famous lover, Captain Ariwara no Narihira (825–880), and his romantic encounters with women throughout Japan. Each episode centers on an exchange of love poems designed to demonstrate wit, sensitivity, and "courtliness."

Joshua Mostow and Royall Tyler present a fresh, contemporary translation of this classic work, together with a substantial commentary for each episode. The commentary explores how the text has been read in the past and identifies not only the point of each episode, but also the full range of historical interpretations, many of which shaped the use of the Ise in later literary and visual arts. The book includes reproductions from a version of the 1608 Saga-bon printed edition of the Ise, the volume that established Ise iconography for the entire Edo period (1600–1868).

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Royall Tyler is the most recent translator of The Tale of Genji (Penguin, 2001). He lives in Australia.

Joshua S. Mostow is professor of Asian studies at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

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