17 episodes

A podcast about Japanese literature and some of its best works

Read Japanese Literature Alison Fincher

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

A podcast about Japanese literature and some of its best works

    Translating Japanese Women

    Translating Japanese Women

    In all our episodes so far, we’ve talked almost exclusively about what Japanese literature looks like in Japan.
    But we’re English-speakers and English-readers on an English-language podcast about Japanese literature in English.
    In honor of Women in Translation Month, we’re talking about why there is such a wealth of contemporary books by Japanese women available in English.
    Notes and sources at the podcast episode website.

    Donate to RJL's Patreon.

    • 42 min
    Writing about Japan's "Have-Nots"

    Writing about Japan's "Have-Nots"

    In this episode…
    Post-bubble Japan.
    The history of socially-conscious Japanese literature.
    And Yu Miri’s Tokyo Ueno Station, a powerful examination of Tokyo by one of the most invisible people imaginable—the ghost of a homeless day laborer.

    Notes and sources at the podcast episode website.

    Donate to RJL's Patreon.

    • 44 min
    The Smile of the Mountain Witch

    The Smile of the Mountain Witch

    In this episode…
    Is she a man-eating crone?
    Is she a lonely wanderer?
    Or is she a sensual matriarch?
    However you define her, she’s the yama-uba—Japan’s legendary mountain witch.

    Notes and sources at the podcast episode website.

    Donate to RJL's Patreon.

    • 41 min
    The Kojiki

    The Kojiki

    Gods having sex, founding of the imperial dynasty, and some of the origins of WWII. Plus thoughts on the role of women in early Japanese history.

    • 22 min
    The Tale of Genji

    The Tale of Genji

    The world's oldest novel. A hero who is a paragon of beauty with an extreme Oedipus complex.

    (CW: sex, rape, incest, pedophilia.)

    • 28 min
    The Tale of the Heike

    The Tale of the Heike

    The great samurai epic and the rise of the samurai class.

    Visit this episode's webpage for information on buying the book and resources for further reading.

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

evenmorestressednow ,

Great podcast for lovers of Japanese literature

I really look forward to this show. It has added depth and context to books I’ve read — I’ve really had no one to discuss these books with. She’s also alerted me to a few authors I haven’t read yet. I appreciate that she gives credit to scholars of literature and historians so that you can follow up and learn more!

Bluejay1217 ,

<3

I’m so glad I stumbled upon this podcast! Podcasts about Japanese literature is exactly what I wanted to listen to but could never find until now.
This podcast so well-researched and informative, and the audio quality is excellent. Keep up the good work!

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