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JAPAN 159: Contemporary Japanese Literature (Spring 2013): Books

This course guide points to library print and electronic sources for research in contemporary Japanese literature.

Library Catalogs

For books and e-books offered by the UC Berkeley Library, consult the Library's Find Books and E-Books page first. For Japanese e-books, search OskiCat for title: EBSCO. Japanese online monograpphs, or Maruzen eBook Library online monographs. Some English e-books on Japan are published open access, such as those published by the University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies. In the U.S.-based catalogs such as OskiCat, Japanese language materials can be searched either using original Japanese scripts (ひらがな, カタカナ, 漢字) or the modified Hepburn Romanization (transliteration) system. LC (Library of Congress) and ALA (American Library Association) Romanization Table for Japanese offers detailed explanation of the guidelines that most U.S. libraries follow when romanizing Japanese materials.

In Melvyl, WorldCat, etc., click on the REQUEST or UC-eLinks button for Inter-library loan requests. UC Berkeley faculty, registered graduate students, and staffs can also borrow materials from Stanford University Library through Research Library Cooperative Program (RLCP). 

For books held by libraries in Japan, use the following databases to locate materials:

For books published in Japan, use the following databases:

  • BookPlus: Indexes to monographs published in Japan since 1926. Summaries and tables of contents are available for the books published since 1986. Author information is provided for the books published since 2001. Classified lists of latest publications for the past two weeks are also available.   

For dissertations held by libraries in Japan, use the following databases to locate materials:

Possible Starting Points

Genbaku wa bungaku ni dō egakarete kita ka 原爆は文学にどう描かれてきたか / Kuroko Kazuo. Call No.: East Asian PL726.82.H52 K87 2005

Gendai bungaku kenkyū : jōhō to shiryō 現代文学研究 : 情報と資料 / henshū Hasegawa Izumi, Call No.: East Asian Ref. Z3308.L5 G28 1986

Kindai sensō bungaku jiten 近代戦争文学事典 / Yano Kan'ichi hen. Call No.: East Asian PL721.W3 Y36 1992

Korekushon Sensō to bungaku コレクション戦争と文学. Call No.: East Asian PL777.82.W65 K67 2011

Nihon bungaku kenkyū bunken yōran : gendai Nihon bungaku 日本文学研究文献要覧: 現代日本文学: Covers books and articles published on contemporay Japanese literature in every five years since 1975

Sensō bungaku zenshū 戦争文学全集 / Hirano Ken ... [ra] hen. Call No.: East Asian 5880.7.6207.5