Kojiki Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)

Isobe, Yaichiro. The Story of Ancient Japan or Tales from the Kojiki. Tokyo: San Kaku Sha, 1929.

Presents select tales from the Kojiki in simple and clear language, making the stories accessible to young readers.

Kawai, Hayao. "The Hollow Center in the Mythology of Kojiki." Review of Japanese Culture and Society 1, No. 1 (October 1986): 72-77.

Analyzes the concept of space defined by the Kojiki and argues that the concept is integral to Japanese culture in general.

Kidder, J. E., Jr. "The Protohistoric Period." In Japan Before Buddhism. New York: Frederick A. Praeger, 1959, pp. 131-207.

Relies on the Kojiki, as well as the Nihon shoki, to present a historical account of Japan in the centuries preceding the Kojiki's composition.

Kotariski, Wieslaw. "New Approach to Ancient Japanese Funeral Ceremonies as Depicted in the Kojiki." Rocznik Orientalistyczny 45, No. 1 (1986): 35-40.

Uses close study of passages in the Kojiki to reconstruct ancient Japanese beliefs regarding death.

Philippi, Donald L. An introduction to Kojiki. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1969, pp. 3-33.

Gathers together information pertaining to the Kojiki from modern scholarship, offering the reader "an introduction to the history, genealogy, social structure, mythology, language, and literature of early Japan."

Sakamoto, Taro. The Six National Histories of Japan. Translated by John S. Brownless. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1991, 232 p.

Considers the Kojiki, with a particular emphasis on compilation, in relation to the Nihon shoki.

Sansom, G. B. "Early Myths and Chronicles." In Japan: A Short Cultural History. Rev. Ed. New York: D. Appleton-Century Company Inc., 1943, pp. 22-45.

Discusses the Kojiki and the Nihon-shoki in terms of content and composition, placing them in the context of Japanese history.