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Paul S. Atkins
University of Washington (Seattle, WA 98105-6613)
The Poetry and Life of Medieval Japanese Poet Fujiwara no Teika (1162-1241)

This project will culminate in a book on the poetry and life of the medieval Japanese courtier and major poet Fujiwara no Teika (1162-1241). Teika excelled in the thirty-one syllable waka form and was active as anthologist, copyist, critic, judge of poetry contests, diarist, and poetry tutor to senior courtiers and military aristocrats. He was a pivotal figure in the creation of a radically evocative, allusive style that was criticized by his rivals at court but later came to exert a decisive influence on Japanese poetry and poetics. This monograph, the first of its kind in a language other than Japanese, will provide a comprehensive view of the aesthetic, social, and political functions of waka poetry in Japan ca. 1200. It will explore a range of related topics, centered on poetry and poetics and extending to reception history and the role of China in the medieval Japanese imagination.

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Project fields:
Asian Literature

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Research Programs

$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2013 – 8/31/2013