Timeline of premodern Japanese literature
The table includes the major works of premodern Japanese literature mentioned in study aids for Japanese high school students, with the addition of several others of interest to the Western reader. The transliteration of the Japanese title is given first, followed by an English translation and the name of the author, editor, or compiler. The English translation is fairly literal in most cases (often based on Donald Keene's versions or those in The Princeton Companion to Classical Japanese Literature), although conventional or published titles have sometimes been used and definite and indefinite articles (somewhat arbitrarily) attached. Dating is, of course, a vexed problem in the premodern period; approximate dates are so indicated.