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Robert H. Brower
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1382)

The Poetry and Poetics of Fujiwara Teika (1162-1241) and his Literary Heirs

Study of life, poetry and poetics of Fujiwara Teika, dominant poet and critic of 11th century Japan, whose influence shaped the subsequent development of Japanese traditional poetry down to the middle of the 19th century. Three major schools of Japanese court poetry from the 14th to the mid-19th century were descended from Teika; their claims to poetic authority based on blood relationship and on the possession of his personal papers. Their sometimes sharply conflicting poetic theory and practice were founded on different aspects of Teika's critical theories and different stages of his poetic development. Therefore, to study work of Teika and his literary heirs is to study history of Japanese poetic tastes over a period of some 600 years. Fellow research interest have centered on Japanese poetry and poetic criticsim. In 1961, he and Professor Earl Miner of the University of California at Los Angeles published Japanese Court Poetry, a critical study of the entire range of japanese court poetry from the age of primitive song (ca. AD 500) through the decline of the court tradition in the mid-14th century. since then he had been working on late 12th and early 13th centuries, particularly studies and translations of Teika's works, including Fujiwara Teika's Superior Poems of Our Time (1967, with Professor Miner), a complete translation of Teika's poetic treatise, Kindai Shuka.

Project fields:
Literature, General

Fellowships for University Teachers

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$15,500 (approved)
$15,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/1970 – 8/31/1971