By W. G. Aston
This can be the earliest designated survey of the voluminous jap literature released in English, starting from the Archaic interval (before A.D.700) during the 19th century romanic fictions, to the socalled Tokyo interval finishing in 1898.
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31. us, Les lttfonum~tnts Rmtraires ~~ L'histoire du Sultana! ra (Paris: Archipel, 2008). 16 CHAPTER ONE Sanskrit, enabling the production of literary works considered to this day to be among the most intricate and captivating ofJavanese literature. Thus the tendency to adopt an initially foreign vocabulary, along with themes, styles, ideas, and stories, was not at all new in this region. A long history-not only oflexical exchange but of such combined literary production-was already in place when traders, theologians, travelers, and translated works carried Arabic to these regions.
Muslim Networksfrom Hqjj to Hip Hop, ed. miriam cook and Bruce B. Lawrence (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, :~oos), 103. ock,Languageufthe Gods in the Wor/dujMm,322. 35 For Javanese and Tamil especially (in which, as compared with Malay, more evidence of the early literary traditions survives), no claim can be made that a vernacular literary tradition first arose in the shadow of Arabic, as Pollock claims for Kannada as influenced by Sanskrit. However, there is no doubt that Arabic deeply affected and reshaped linguistic and literary practices, making these languages-as used by Muslim authors and audiences-into vernaculars linked to a different cosmopolitan order than that to which they had previously belonged.
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A History of Japanese Literature by W. G. Aston