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- DescriptionThough the haiku is the best kwn Japanese verse form in the west, its appearance in the early modern period (1600-1868) was preceded by at least a millennium of waka poetry, whose thirty-one syllable version, tanka, had dominated Japanese letters among the aristocracy from the beginning of the tenth century. By the dawn of the seventeenth century, waka appeared to be more bound by convention than ever before, and class privilege in its practice and instruction seemed unassailable. This condition has prompted some modern scholars to dismiss the waka of that period as an anachronistic holdover. The Way of the Shikishima challenges this tion as facile and demonstrates how, from the beginning of the Tokugawa hegemony in the early seventeenth century, waka was in fact closely tied to contemporary social, cultural, and intellectual developments, and how those ties became closer over time. The aristocratic mopoly of the art that prevailed at the beginning of the early modern period gave way to popularizing forces until, by the middle of the nineteenth century and nearly all practitioners of te were commoners.
- Author BiographyRoger K. Thomas is Professor of Japanese Language and Literature at Illinois State University, where he is also director of the East Asian Studies program. His research is primarily in poetry and poetics of early modern Japan and his translations of modern literature have received noted prizes and reviews.
- Author(s)Roger K. Thomas
- PublisherUniversity Press of America
- Date of Publication24/12/2007
- LanguageEnglish & Japanese
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationLanham, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity Press of America
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight367 g
- Width153 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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