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University of Sydney East Asian Series

Tanizaki Jun’ichiro, A Cat, Shozo and Two Women
Translation with introduction by Sakuko Matsui
(University of Sydney East Asian Series, 1988), 150 pp. ISBN: 978-0-9590735-5-3.
Hardcover: $35.00 (AUD) (incl. GST & postage) Softcover: $16.00 (AUD) (incl. GST & postage)

Tanizaki’s novella A Cat, Shozo and Two Women describes the psychological manipulation of Shozo by the women in his life. Witnessed by the cat, the bitter emotions of the human characters are intensified. Important in the work are Tanizaki’s keen observations on feline behaviour.

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Gen’ei: Selected Poems of Nishiwaki Junzaburo 1894–1982
Translated by Yasuko Claremont with an introduction

(University of Sydney East Asian Series, 1991), 120 pp. ISBN: 978-0-9590735-8-4.

Softcover: $25.00 (AUD) (incl. GST & postage)

Nishiwaki studied Western literature at Keio University and then at Oxford University. He returned to Japan in 1925 to take up the Chair of English Literature at his alma mater where he remained until his death. His first poetry collection, Ambarvalia, was published in 1933 and his last, Mankind, in 1979. His poetic world moved from the Classical Greek poets in his early manhood, to the Classical Chinese poets in the later years of his life. His images that are often drawn from plants and fruits are sensual and erotic.

Seven Stories of Modern Japan
ed. Leith Morton. Translated by Leith Morton, Hugh Clarke and Sakuko Matsui
(University of Sydney East Asian Series, 1991), 88 pp. ISBN: 978-0-9590735-9-1.
Softcover: $25.00 (AUD) (incl. GST & postage)

The short stories of this collection deal with the lives of ordinary people in the context of the changes in Japanese society during the early years of rapid industrialization and later during the Pacific War and its aftermath. The seven stories are Arishima Takeo, “The Death of Osue” (1914); Nakajima Atsushi, “Happiness” (1942) and “The Mummy” (1940); Tsuji Kunio, “The Distant Garden” (1945); Yoshiyuki Junnosuke, “Three Policemen” (1974); Shimamura Toshimasa, “The Sumida River” (1976); Minakami Tsutomo, “Road Through the Snow” (1977).

Kyunyo-jon: The Life, Times and Songs of a Tenth Century Korean Monk
Translated and annotated by Adrian Buzo and Tony Prince
(University of Sydney East Asian Series, 1993), 142 pp. ISBN: 978-0-646-1477 2-7.
Softcover: $27.50 (AUD) (incl. GST & postage)

Written 1074–1075, Kyunyo-jon recounts the life of one of the most significant figures in the Buddhist organization of the Koryo period. Presented here is a detailed picture of the norms and practices of Korean Buddhism in a period when Buddhism was the prevailing ethical force in society as well as a documentation of Korean perspectives on China and Chinese culture prior to the domination of (Chinese) Neo-Confucian ideology. Critical comments are made on the Korean literary world and eleven songs composed by the monk Kyunyo are included.

Modernity in Asian Art
ed. John Clark
(University of Sydney East Asian Series, 1993), 350 pp. ISBN: 978-0-646-14773-4. Includes 167 photographic reproductions.
Softcover: $42.50 (AUD) (incl. GST & postage)

This book deals with the history of modern art in Asia and is based on papers presented at the conference on Modernism and Post-Modernism in Asian Art held at the Australian National University in 1991. The preface by Virginia Spate and the introduction by John Clark are original analyses on cross-disciplinary issues, and are followed by essays on China, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan and the Philippines. The contributors are drawn from these parts of Asia as well as Australia, Europe and North America.

The Chinese Femme Fatale: Short Stories of the Ming Period
Translated by Anne McLaren with an Introduction
(University of Sydney East Asian Series, 1994), 102 pp. ISBN: 978-0-646-14924-0.

Softcover: $25.00 (AUD) (incl. GST & postage)

This book examines one of the most potent images in traditional China: the femme fatale, a beautiful woman whose sexual dominance leads to the destruction of her family and society at large. These stories were written to meet the needs of a significant literate class that emerged with the growth of towns in the Ming period. The stories are entertaining and at times risqué and raunchy. This is the first published anthology of Chinese femme-fatale stories, because previous anthologies have been devoted to “virtuous” women.

Visiting the Mino Kilns: With a Translation of Arakawa Toyozo’s “The Traditions and Techniques of Mino Pottery”
by Sydney-based potter Janet Barriskill
(University of Sydney East Asian Series, 1995), 150 pp. Includes 56 colour plates. ISBN: 978-0-646-20424-6.
Hardcover: $70.00 (AUD) (incl. GST & postage)

The discovery in 1930 by Arakawa Toyozo of an ancient Shino kiln site inspired the revival of a range of traditional ceramic styles associated with the tea ceremony. This book presents Arakawa’s highly personal account of the development of pottery in the Mino area, as well as Barriskill’s chapter detailing various aspects of the pottery industry in Mino today.

Another History: Essays on China from a European Perspective
by Mark Elvin.
(University of Sydney East Asian Series, 1996), 405 pp. ISBN: 978-0-646-20413-0.
Softcover: $47.50 (AUD) (incl. GST & postage)

These essays are comparative studies of developments in China in the context of contemporaneous developments in Europe. Features in China’s history, society, geography, and developments in technology, industry, demography and literature are scrutinised and provide unique insights into developments in China spanning a thousand years.

“Variations Without a Theme” and Other Stories
by Xu Xing. Introduction and translations by Maria Galikowski and Lin Min

(University of Sydney East Asian Series, 1997), 107 pp. ISBN: 978-0-9586526-2-9.

Softcover: $20 (AUD) (incl. GST & postage)

Xu Xing’s fiction fuses Daoist traditions with Western nihilism. These short stories are on the surface facetious, but in fact are strident indictments of contemporary Chinese society. The stories in this volume are “On a Side Road”, “Martyr”, “Variations without a Theme” and “Story of a City”.

Yi Chung-hwan’s T’aengniji: The Korean Classic for Choosing Settlements
by Inshil Yoon

(University of Sydney East Asian Series, 1998), 140 pp. ISBN: 978-0-9586526-3-6.

Softcover: $25.00 (AUD) (incl. GST & postage)

The T’aengniji, written by Yi Chung-hwan (1690–1756), is the most important Korean work for choosing sites for settlement. In Korea today it continues to be widely read and studied. It is referred to as “a masterpiece in the human geography of the late Choson dynasty and an important work for understanding the political and economic history of the time”. T’aengniji provides perceptive comments on Korea’s geography, history, philosophy and thought.

The Dialectics of Modernization: Habermas and the Chinese Discourse of Modernization
by Tong Shijun
(University of Sydney East Asian Series, 2000), 384 pp. ISBN: 978-0-9586526-9-8.
Softcover: $45.00 (AUD) (incl. GST & postage)

“Modernisation”, like “Enlightenment” in the minds of Adorno and Horkheimer, is a dialectical process full of tensions. A discussion of the dialectics of modernization with special reference to the Chinese experience seeks to provide a better understanding of modernization as a universal-historical process. The book argues that China has a tradition of dialectical thinking and that this tradition with categories such as ti (substance or entity) and yong (manifestation or function), can remedy some weaknesses in Habermas’ theory and also make positive contributions to a balanced and sound conception of modernization.

My Brother Hideo Kobayashi
by Junko Takamizawa. Translated by James Wada, and ed. Leith Morton

(University of Sydney East Asian Series, 2001), 166 pp. ISBN: 978-1-876957-00-1.
Softcover: $30.00 (AUD) (incl. GST & postage)

My Brother Hideo Kobayashi (published in Japanese, 1985) is a memoir by Junko Takamizawa of her older brother. Hideo Kobayashi (1902–1983) was a brilliant critic of twentieth-century Japan who wrote on literature, art, music, history and thought. His writings are not confined to Japan and reveal penetrating insights on the West. His sister’s memoir provides a portrait of the man and his relationships with his family and friends, that is, the human person behind the genius. This book complements the studies and translations of Kobayashi’s works that are beginning to appear in English. Morton’s introduction outlines his significance in Japanese intellectual history.

Eye of the Beholder: Reception and Audience of Modern Asian Art
Edited by John Clark, T.K. Sabapathy and Maurizio Peleggi

(University of Sydney East Asian Series, 2006), 320 pp. Includes photographic reproductions. ISBN: 978-1-876957-10-0.

Softcover: $50.00 (AUD) (incl. GST & postage)

This book interrogates the relationship between different kinds of modern art and different cultural contexts in the Asia-Pacific region. The essays examine how the modern is formed by artists in relation to other traditions and practices (Western or folk), the audience and modern art institutions, and the burgeoning conceptions of the national as deployed by the post-colonial state. Essays deal with the art codes of Maori folk designs, academy painting in nineteenth-century Indonesia and the Philippines, video and performance art in China, Cambodian street signage, and the Asia Pacific Triennial.

Japanese Prose Poetry
by Yasuko Claremont
(University of Sydney East Asian Series, 2006), 164 pp. ISBN: 978-1-876957-09-4.

Softcover: $35.00 (AUD) (incl. GST & postage)

This study examines the evolution of prose poetry in Japan during the twentieth century, demonstrating how from small French-inspired beginnings the form has risen to become part of the national poetic tradition. The book focuses on key poets, key movements and the progressive impact of the times in determining themes. Many of the contemporary poems are for the first time made accessible to English readers. The book includes contemporary Japanese criticism, and topics range from the early romanticism of Hagiwara Sakutarō to the modernist preoccupation with language as a subject for poetry in its own right. Of interest is the persistence of Zen Buddhist philosophy underpinning themes throughout the decades.

Eight Contemporary Chinese Poets
by Naikan Tao and Tony Prince

(University of Sydney East Asian Series, 2006), 132 pp. ISBN: 978-1-876957-08-7.
Softcover: $30.00 (AUD) (incl. GST & postage)

This anthology contains poems by Yang Lian, Jiang He, Han Dong, Yu Jian, Zhai Yongming, Zhang Zhen, Xi Chuan and Hai Zi who initiated the trends of élitist poetry, neo-realist poetry, women’s poetry and cosmopolitan poetry that dominated Chinese poetry for two decades from the mid-1980s, and remain a continuing presence today. The force of this body of powerful and innovative poetry influenced not only the development of China’s contemporary poetry but also gave rise to “root-seeking”, “neo-realist”, “feminine” and “cosmopolitan” (or “intellectual”) schools of fiction. The selection has been determined not by the suitability of the poems for translation into English or by what they reveal about the personal backgrounds of the poets but by their poetic, aesthetic and human qualities.

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