"Diversity in Japanese Culture and Language addresses the need for broader perspectives on the experience of being Japanese or living in Japan, and contributes to broader discussions of cultural plurality, nationalism, multiculturalism, cultural dominance and linguistic diversity. Fields of study to which the book is of special relevance include Japanese studies, intercultural communication, international relations, minority studies, indigenous people's studies, linguistics, anthropology and sociology."
This is the first anthology ever devoted to early modern Japanese literature, spanning the period from 1600 to 1900, known variously as the Edo or the Tokugawa, one of the most creative epochs of Japanese culture. This anthology, which will be of vital interest to anyone involved in this era, includes not only fiction, poetry, and drama, but also essays, treatises, literary criticism, comic poetry, adaptations from Chinese, folk stories and other non-canonical works. Many of these texts have never been translated into English before, and several classics have been newly translated for this collection.