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Japan Studies: Japanese Folklore : Folk Literature / Narratives


Japanese myth and folktales

Littleton, C. Scott. 1993. “Japan.” In World Mythology, ed. Roy Willis, 110–23. New York: Holt.

Adams, Robert J. 1967. “Folktale Telling and Storytellers in Japan.” Asian Folklore Studies 26.1: 99–118.

Littleton, C. Scott. 1995. “Yamato-takeru: An "Arthurian" Hero in Japanese Tradition.” Asian Folklore Studies 54.2: 259–74.

Foster, Michael Dylan. 1998. "The Metamorphosis of the Kappa: Transformation of Folklore to Folklorism in Japan." Asian Folklore Studies 57.1: 1–24.

Reider, Noriko. 2003. “Transformation of the Oni: From the Frightening and Diabolical to the Cute and Sexy.” Asian Folklore Studies 62: 133–57.

Anthologies of Tales

Anthologies of Tales

Kunio Yanagita

The legends of Tono

Translated, with an introd. by Ronald A. Morse.
Tokyo : Japan Foundation,  1975.
Call Number:       GR341 T63 Y3613

Kunio Yanagita
Japanese folk tales -- a revised selection

translation by Fanny Hagin Mayer

Taipei: Orient Cultural Service, 1972 [1966].
Notes:             Translation of “Nihon no mukashibanashi.”
Call Number:       DS12 A733 v.37 (Memorial Library East Asian Coll., 4th Floor)

Fanny Hagin Mayer, editor and translator

The Yanagita Kunio guide to the Japanese folk tale
Bloomington : Indiana University Press,  1986.
Notes:  Translation of “Nihon mukashibanashi meii”
Call Number:       GR340 N52213 1986
Fanny Hagin Mayer
Introducing the Japanese folk tales : studies, essays and an annotated bibliography
Taipei : Chinese Association for Folklore, 1973.
Call Number:       DS12 A733 v.50 (Memorial Library East Asian Coll., 4th Floor)
Royall Tyler, editor and translator 

Japanese tales
New York : Pantheon Books, 1987.
ISBN: 0394521900
Call Number:       GR340 J33 1987 (College Library Ethnic Studies, 1st Floor, Rm 1193)
Call Number:       GR340 J33 1987 (Mem Lib)
Hiroko Fujita (teller); Fran Stallings, Harold Wright, and Miki Sakurai (editors)
Folktales from the Japanese countryside

Westport : Libraries Unlimited, 2008.
Internet Links:    Table of contents only
ISBN:   9781591584889 (alk. paper)
             1591584884 (alk. paper)
Call Number:       GR340 F826 2008

James S. De Benneville
Saito Mussashi-bo Benkei. (Tales of the wars of the Gempei) Being the story of the lives and adventures of Iyo-no-Kami Minamoto-Kur¯o Yoshitsune and Sait¯o Musashi-b¯o Benkei the warrior monk
Yokohama : The author, 1910.
Call Number:   BU67 D35 v.1-2 (Memorial Library Stacks Cutter Collection)

Masa Ohta

Japanese folklore in English = Eigo de yomu Nihon no minwa

Tokyo : Miraisha, 1981

Call Number:       GR340 O472 1980  v. 1-8

F. Hadland Davis

Myths & legends of Japan

London, G. G. Harrap & co., 1912.
Call Number:       GR340 D3


Rafe Martin

Mysterious tales of Japan

New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1996.
Contents:  Urashima Tar¯o -- Green willow -- Ho-Ichi the earless --The snow woman -- Kogi -- The crane maiden -- The  pine of Akoya -- Snake husband ; Frog friend -- The boy who drew cats -- Black hair -- Story notes.
Call Number:       398 Martin (CCBC Basic Non-Fiction (Non-circulating))
Call Number:       PZ8 M37 My 1996 (MERIT Library PreK-12 Stacks)


Saneatsu Mushanokoji

Two fables of Japan

Dramatized by Saneatsu Mushakoji and translated by Jun-ichi Natori

Tokyo : Hokuseido, 1957.
Contents:  The man of the flowers, (Hanasaka-Jiji).--The rabbit's revenge, (Kach-Kachi Yama).
Call Number:       PL898 M82 H33


Lafcadio Hearn's Work

Works by Lafcadio Hearn

Lafcadio Hearn Online Books (UPenn)

Works by Lafcadio Hearn (Hard copies at UW-Madison; some with links to online fulltext) 

1. Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things (1904)

Mem Lib’s copy is missing, but Full text available:  

2. The Dream of a Summer Day

Boston; New York : Houghton Mifflin Company,  c1895 [1922]

Call Number:       PZ3 H351 Dr

3. Selected writings of Lafcadio Hearn / edited by Henry Goodman ; with an introduction by Malcolm Cowley.

New York : Citadel Press, c1949.

Contents:  Kwaidan -- Some Chinese ghosts -- Chita : a memory of last island -- American sketches : Cincinnati ; New Orleans -- Caribbean sketches -- Japan : Stories of Japanese life ; Travel ; Folk culture ; Essays ; Weird tales.

Call Number:       Y H35 WX2 (Memorial Library Stacks Cutter Collection)  

4. In Ghostly Japan

Boston : Little, Brown and Co., 1903.

Call Number:       DS809 H435

5. Kokoro : Hints and Echoes of Japanese Inner Life

London : Gay and Bird, 1905.

Call Number:       CA 16284 (Special Collections (Memorial Library): Non-circulating)

Notes:             Envelope with article and photographs shelved with book.

6. A Japanese Miscellany

Boston : Little, Brown, and Company, 1901.

Contents:  Strange stories: Of a promise kept -- Of a promise broken-- Before the Supreme court -- The story of Kwashin Koji-- The story of Umétsu Ch¯ubei -- The story of K¯ogi the priest -- Folklore gleanings: Dragon-flies -- Buddhist names of plants and animals -- Songs of Japanese children [In Japanese and English] -- Studies here and there: On a bridge -- The case of O-Dai -- Beside the sea -- Drifting -- Otokichi's Daruma -- In a Japanese  hospital.

Call Number:       Y H35 J (Memorial Library Stacks Cutter Collection)

7. Japanese Fairy Tales

Mount Vernon, N.Y. : Peter Pauper Press, [1958].

Contents:  Chin-Chin Kobakama.--The green willow.--The goblin spider.--The fountain of youth.--Urashima.--The boy who drew cats.--Mother in the mirror.--The woman and her dumpling.

Call Number:       Press Pauper (Peter) (Special Coll. (Memorial Lib.): Private Press, Non-circ.)