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BIBLIOGRAPHIC GUIDE TO JAPANESE LITERATURE

PART III
LITERATURE DICTIONARIES

 


GENERAL JAPANESE LITERATURE AND RESEARCH REFERENCE DICTIONARIES

Nihon koten bungaku daijiten. *** 6 vols. Ed. Ichiko Teiji et al.  Iwanami Shoten, 1983‑1985. Call no.: REF PL 707 .N542. 
Most comprehensive for premodern literature. More than 13,000 signed entries on authors, texts, political-social terms, literary concepts. A stroke index for finding words written with difficult characters, a section on hentaigana, and a general index. For a condensed version, see:
Nihon koten bungaku daijiten, Kan'yakuban.  Iwanami Shoten, 1986. Call no.: REF  PL 707 .N543 1986.
The one‑volume compact edition has 4,000 entries, but cuts out the valuable bibliographical references. One of the most important sources for studying classical Japanese literature.

Kokushi daijiten.*** Yoshikawa kōbunkan, 1997. Call no.: REFDS833.K64. 17 volumes.
Most comprehensive historical dictionary available. Invaluable for finding information on texts, historical figures, events, and so forth.

Nihon koten bungaku kenkyûshi daijiten. Benseisha, 1997. Call no.: REF PL726. 1. N462 1997. Excellent resource for history and criticism of classical Japanese literature. Updates parts of the Nihon koten bungaku daijiten.

Nihon kindai bungaku daijiten.  ** Kôdansha, 1977‑1978. 6 vols. Indexed.  Call no.: REF PL726.55 .N4853 1977.
The 6‑volume edition is most complete reference work available on modern Japanese literature. Vols. 1‑3 contain author entries; vol. 4 contains subject entries; vol. 5 has entries on newspapers and periodicals; and vol. 6 contains a complete index and lists of literary prize recipients, zenshû contents, and a chronology of publishing history. 

Nihon kindai bungaku daijiten.  Kôdansha, 1984. Call no: REF PL726.55 .N4854 1984.
The one‑volume edition of the above contains the contents of the first three (author) volumes. Unique to this edition is the addition of about 30 specially commissioned articles on current literary issues, a 60‑page chronology of modern Japanese literature, and a multi‑page "Bungaku shiryô arubamu" of color photos.

Shinchô Nihon bungaku jiten. **  Ed. Isoda Koichi et al.  Shinchôsha, 1988. Call no.:  REF PL707 .S46 1988. 
This is one of the best all‑round single‑volume reference works for both classical and modern literature. In terms of modern literature, it differs from the one‑volume edition of Nihon kindai bungaku daijiten in the inclusion of subject entries for genres and movements.  It contains information on contemporary literature, with entries dealing with living scholars, writers, and critics, as well as literary prizes and so on. Author entries usually include summaries and evaluations of the most important works. All articles are signed.

LITERARY DICTIONARIES BY PERIOD

Jôdai bungaku kenkyû jiten. Eds. Ono Hiroshi and Sakurai Mitsuru. Ōfū, 1996. Call no.: REF PL726.1185 .J63 1996.

Heianchô bungaku jiten. Ed. Oka Kazuo. Tôkyôdô, 1972. Call no.: REF PL707 .038 1972.

Heian bungaku kenkyû handobukku. Eds. Tanaka,Noboru, Yamamoto,Tokurō. Izumi Shoin, 2004.

Chûsei Kamakura Muromachi bungaku jiten. Ed Araki Yoshio. Rev. ed. Shunshûsha, 1961. Call no.: REF PL726 .3 A75 1961.

Edo bungaku jiten. Ed. Teruoka Yasutaka. Tokyo: Fuzanbô, 1940. Call no.: REF PL 747 .35 T47 1940.

Kinsei bungaku  bungaku kenkyû jiten.   Ed. Okamoto Masaru and Kira Sueo.  Ôfûsha. 1986. Call no.: REF PL 726 .35 O53 1986.
Extremely useful, with bibliographic essays on all the genres.

Nihon gendai bungaku daijiten. Meiji Shôin. Sakuhinhen. Call no.: PL 762.2.N53 1994.
Best contemporary literature dictionary. The jinmei jikôhen is missing. Concise introduction to 3394 texts from Meiji to post-war.

Nihon bungei kanshô jiten: Kindai meisaku 1017 sen e no shôtai.  Gyôsei, 1988.  20 vols. Call no: PL726.55 .N53 1987.
This is an extremely useful collection of summaries and evaluations of 1017 major works of Japanese literature and literary criticism from 1871 through 1975. An index in the back of each volume includes all the people, places, and subjects that appear in the text of the articles. The last volume includes an index of all works in the series, by author and title. 

GENRE DICTIONARIES

Waka daijiten. ** Inukai Kiyoshi and others.   Meiji Shoin, 1986. 1201p. Call no.: REF PL 728. 81 .W3 1986 
The standard dictionary on classical waka. Very useful for providing information on poetic associations of flowers, place‑names, and for its discussion of the terminology of waka poetics. Bibliographic references.

Waka bungaku daijiten.  Edited by Kubota Utsubo, et al.  Meiji Shoin,  1962. Call no.: REF PL728 .W32 1962.
Though its entries are largely superceded by the above work, this is still a valuable source for research on waka.

Nihon kanbungaku daijiten.  Kondô Haruo.  Meiji Shoin, 1985. 894 p. Call no: REF. PL 3040.2 .K65 1985. 
This extremely useful book contains 6,300 entries on Japanese literature in Chinese‑‑people, books, poetry, facts, events, Japanese scholars, etc. Extensive entries (often including complete texts or lengthy excerpts) give references to modern scholarship. Chronological tables of Japanese kangaku, Edo kangakusha, nengo charts for Japanese and Chinese.

Nihon kayô jiten. Ed. Sudo Toyohiko. Tokyo: Ofusha, 1985. Call no.: REF ML 102 .S6 N53 1985. For folk songs.

Nihon zuihitsu jiten. Ed. Asakura Haruhiko. Tokyo: Tokyo Shoseki, 1986. Call no.: REF Z 6514 .E8 N54 1988. For essays.

Bukkyo bungaku jiten. Ed. Takeishi Akio. Tokyo: Tôkyôdô Shuppan, 1980. Call no.: REF BQ 1010 .T34 1980. For Buddhist literature.

EDO PERIOD GENRE DICTIONARIES

Senryu sôgô jiten. Ed. Bito Sanryu. Tokyo: Yûzankaku, 1984. Call no.: REF PL 730 .S47 1984.

Edo senryû jiten  Hamada Giichirô. Call no.: PL 730 .H32 1968.
Poems and commentary.

Kyôka kanshô jiten.  Suzuki Tôzô. Kadokawa shojiten series. 1984. Call no.: PL 732.K94 S89 1984.

Kyôka jinmei jisho.  Kano Kaian, ed. Hirota shoten, 1928. Call no.: REF PL 723 .K36 1928.
Reissued in 1977 by  臨川書店. Library has older edition.

Edo kobanashi jiten. Tôkyôdô Shuppan, 1965. Call no.: PL745 .M8   
See also Edo kobanashi ruiwa jiten. Ed. Muto Sadao. Tokyo: Tôkyôdô Shuppan, 1996. Call no.: PL746 .M822 1996.

Kokugakusha denki shusei. 3 vols. Ed. Ueda Kazutoshi, Haga Yaichi, et. al., Tokyo: Kunimoto Shuppansha, 1934-1935. Call no.: REF B5243.K6 K63 1934.
Convenient for kokugaku.       

Haikai daijiten. Ed. Ijichi Tetsuo. Tokyo : Meiji Shoin, 1957. 1990 (printing). Call no.: REF PL 732 .H3 H224 1957.  
Has been replaced by Haibungaku daijiten.       

Haibungaku daijiten. ** Ogata Tsutomu, ed., Kadokawa, 1995. Call no.: REF PL732.H3 H35 1995
Best single volume on renga, haikai, senryu, and modern haiku. Replaces the Haikai daijiten.

DRAMA, PERFORMANCE DICTIONARIES

Engeki hyakka daijiten. Heibonsha. 1960-1962. 6 volumes. Call no.: PN 2035. E53.
Best all-round on theater. Monumental, largest single source of information on Japanese theater.

Nô, kyôgen jiten. Ed. Nishino Haruo. Tokyo: Heibonsha, 1987. Call no.: REF PN 2924.5 .N6 N534 1987
Kyôgen jiten. Furukawa Hisashi. Ed. Tôkyôdô shuppan, 1963-85. 3 vol. Call no.: PL736.F8.
Recommended.

Kabuki jiten.
** Ed. Hattori Yukio, Hirosue Tamotsu. Heibonsha, 1983. Call no.: REF PN 2924.5 K3 K111 1984.
Standard reference for kabuki. Invaluable.

New Kabuki Encyclopedia: A Revised Adaptation of Kabuki Jiten
. Samuel Leiter. Greenwood Press, 1997. Call no.: REF PN 2924.5 K3 L44 1997.
An English adaptation of the Kabuki jiten. Convenient but contains mis-translations.

Kabuki saiken
. Ed. Yoshida Chiaki. Iwanami shoten, 1983. Call no.: PN2924.5 .K3 N63 1983.
Convenient for looking up history and criticism.

Kabuki jinmei jiten.  Nojima Jusaburo, ed. Nichigai asoshietsu, Kinokuniya shoten. 1988. Call no.: REF PN 2927 .K253 1988.
Very good for kabuki actors.

Rakugo jiten.
Todai rakugokai, ed. Rev. and enlarged by Yasuda Takehiro. Call no.: PL 776 .R26 1973.
Revised edition.

BASIC SOURCES FOR CHINESE REFERENCES AND SINO-JAPANESE LITERATURE

For references and allusions to a wide range of Chinese sources, use dictionaries such as Morohashi, Koji ruien, and Nikkoku. The following are also useful.           

Chinese history: a Manual
. Endymion Wilkinson. Rev. ed. 2000. Harvard University Press distributed. Call no.: DS735.W695 2000.
Indispensable reference.

The Indiana Companion to Traditional Chinese Literature. 2 vols.: Ed. William H. Nienhauser, Jr. Indiana University Press, 1986 and 1998. Call no.: Z3108.L5 I53 1986
Start with the second volume since it updated.

Early Chinese Texts: A Bibliographic Guide. Ed. Michael Loewe. University of California, Berkeley, 1993. Call no.: REF Z1035.8.C5 E2 1993
On major texts up to the Han dynasty.

A Guide to Chinese Literature. Idema and Haft, University of Michigan, 1997. Call no.: DS701 .M541 no.74
Use hard-cover edition.

Chûgoku gakugei daijiten. Kondō Haruo. Taishūkan Shoten, 1978 edition. Call no.: REF PL1071 .K6
Good for Japanese scholarship.

Shinshaku kanbun taikei. Meiji Shoin, 1961. Call no.: PL 1060.J3 Z257 1961.
This series contains the texts of the Chinese classics, kanbun readings, modern translations and extensive notes, and Japanese kanbun and kanshi.            

Nihon kanbungaku daijiten
, by Kondo Haruo, 1985. Call no.: REF PL3040.2 K65 1985.
For Japanese kanbun and kanshi literature.

LITERARY CHARACTERS, LEGENDARY FIGURES, AND LEGENDS REFERENCES

Nihon kakû denshô jinmei jiten. ** Heibonsha. Call no.: REF PL 721.C4 N54 1986 (2nd ed., revised, 2000).
Contains entries on mythical creatures, gods, ghosts, monsters, fictional people, legends about historical people. Contains bibliographic information, accompanied by visual images and citations of texts.

Nihon denki densetsu daijiten. Ed. Inui Katsumi. Tokyo: Kadokawa Shoten, 1987. Call no.: REF PL 748 .N4 1987. Very good.

Setsuwa bungaku jiten. Ed. Nagano Jôichi. Tokyo: Tôkyôdô Shuppan, 1969 (1989 printing). Call no.: REF PL 748 .S47 1989.

Nihon setsuwa bungaku sakuin. Eds. Wada Katsushi and Sakaida Shirō. Seibundō Shuppan, Rev. ed., 1974. Call no.: REF PL748 .N4615 1974

Jôdai setsuwa jiten. Eds. Ōkuma Kiichirō, Inui Katsumi. Yūzankaku, 1993. Call no.: REF PL748 .J63 1993

Koten bungaku sakuchû jinbutsu jiten. Ed. Nishizawa Masashi. Tōkyōdō Shuppan, 2004. Call no.: PL726.112.C4 K67 2004

Nihon tanpen monogatari-shû jiten. Kobayashi Yasuharu, ed. Tokyo: Tokyo bijitsu, 1984. Call no.: REF PL748.N74 1984.
A revised version of  Setsuwa bungaku hikkei (1969). Dictionary for anecdotal literature and folk tales.

Otogi-zōshi jiten*** Ed. Tokuda Kazuo. Tokyo: Tōkyōdō shuppan, 2002. Call no.: PL747.3.O86 2002
The best reference for otogi-zōshi or Muromachi tales. Gives useful summaries, variants, research, printed editions.        

Nihon bungaku sakuin jinmei jiten
.  Ed. Ichiko Teiji, et al. Kawade Shobô, 1956.  Call no.: 910.3 Y8.
Though limited in scope, this work is useful for identifying characters that appear in Japanese literature.  Covers kodai through kindai.  An index to characters and works is included.

Nihon koten bungaku taikei indices. NKBT Bekkan; 2 vols.; 1963 and 1968.

Koji ruien. Call no.: 031 H79.
Compiled by Hosokawa Junjirō and other. 60 volumes. Japanese encyclopedia compiled in Meiji period and completed in 1914. This is the 1930s reprint edition.

Kōbunko広文庫. By Mozume Takami. 20 volumes. 1928 printing by Kōbunko Kankōkai. Call no.: REF AE35.2M69 1916.
Encyclopedia work done by the author of the Gunsho sakuin.

Gunsho sakuin群書索引. Index for the monumental encyclopedia of texts compiled by Mozume Takami. 3 volumes. Reprint edition. Call no.: Z3302.G816 1975.

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INTRODUCTION

PART I
MULTI-VOLUME COMPENDIA OF JAPANESE LITERATURE


PART II
MODERN SCHOLARSHIP


PART III
LITERATURE DICTIONARIES


PART IV
LANGUAGE DICTIONARIES


PART V
CHRONOLOGICAL TABLES AND LITERARY HISTORY


PART VI
ENGLISH REFERENCE AND TRANSLATION


PART VII
ENCYCLOPEDIAS


PART VIII
MISCELLANEOUS


PART IX


PART X


PART XI

 

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