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A Guide to Eastern Literatures
by David Marshall Lang | Reference
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The current political and social upheavals in the Far East and Middle East are constantly in the news and it is perhaps more important than ever to bridge the cultural gap between East and West. The learning, philosophy and literature of the East have always impinged on Western tradition and have been reflected in Western culture from the Tales of a Thousand and One Nights to the philosophy of Zen Buddhism. A concise and comprehensive survey of Eastern literature, with some examination of literary forms and an account of their historical and social background, has not been easily abailable to general reader until now. The Guide to Eastern Literatures contains up-to-day surveys of the main literatures of the living Asian peoples. Each section of the book begins with a concise historical perspective of the nation concerned and contains an outline of major trends and movements in each literary culture. There is a biographical directory for each major entry, with full particulars of works available in English translation. Major lands and civilisations of Asia are treated at length - China, Japan, India, Pakistan, Persia and the Arab countries - at the same time an attempt has been made to bring into focus the emergent literatures of some of the smaller nations: Korea, Armenia, Ethiopia, Ceylon. The Guide covers ancient and modern literature - from Rig Veda of India to the modern Japanese novel with its subtle delineation of modern man's alienation. The aim of the editor and the contributors is to stimulate the general reader to take a more informed interest in the range and diversity of Eastern literature - and to provide the student with a compact and convenient work of reference. 


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