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Japanese literature, the body of written works produced by Japanese authors in Japanese or, in its earliest beginnings, at a time when Japan had no written language, in the Chinese classical language.Both in quantity and quality, Japanese literature ranks as one of the major literatures of the world, comparable in age, richness, and volume to English literature, though its course of development has been quite dissimilar.
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To read a diary by a court lady of the 10th century is still a moving experience, because she described with such honesty and intensity her deepest feelings that the modern-day reader forgets the chasm of history and changed social customs separating her world from today’s.
The “pure” Japanese language, untainted and unfertilized by Chinese influence, contained remarkably few words of an abstract nature.
Sometimes the only clue to the subject or object of a sentence is the level of politeness in which the words are couched; for example, the verb (meaning “to eat,” “to wear,” “to ride in a carriage,” etc.) designates merely an action performed by a person of quality.
In many cases, ready comprehension of a simple sentence depends on a familiarity with the background of a particular period of history.
The difficulties of reading Japanese literature can hardly be exaggerated; even a specialist in one period is likely to have trouble deciphering a work from another period or genre.