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The Poetry and Life of Medieval Japanese Poet Fujiwara no Teika (1162-1241)
Paul Atkins, University of Washington
Grant details: https://securegrants.neh.gov/publicquery/main.aspx?f=1&gn=FT-60708-13
Author: Paul S. Atkins
Abstract: This first book-length study of Teika in English covers the most important and intriguing aspects of Teika’s achievements and career, seeking the reasons behind Teika’s fame and offering distinctive arguments about his oeuvre. A documentary biography sets the stage with valuable context about his fascinating life and times, followed by an exploration of his “Bodhidharma style,” as Teika’s critics pejoratively termed the new style of poetry. His beliefs about poetry are systematically elaborated through a thorough overview of his writing about waka. Teika’s understanding of classical Chinese history, literature, and language is the focus of a separate chapter that examines the selective use of kana, the Japanese phonetic syllabary, in Teika’s diary, which was written mainly in kanbun, a Japanese version of classical Chinese. The final chapter surveys the reception history of Teika’s biography and literary works, from his own time into the modern period. Sometimes venerated as demigod of poetry, other times denigrated as an arrogant, inscrutable poet, Teika seldom inspired lukewarm reactions in his readers.
Primary URL: http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/p-9744-9780824858506.aspx
Primary URL Description: University of Hawaii Press website
Secondary URL: http://www.worldcat.org/title/teika-the-life-and-works-of-a-medieval-japanese-poet/oclc/951753572&referer=brief_results
Secondary URL Description: Worldcat entry.
Access Model: Closed
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Type: Single author monograph
Copy sent to NEH?: No