East Asian Languages and Cultures | Modernist/Post Modernist Literary Encounters: East and West
E505 | 1494 | Sarra


This course will explore creative appropriations of classical East
Asian literature by Anglo-American Modernists and
postwar/contemporary American expatriate poets and writers.  We will
focus primarily on issues of poetic translation and the space of
exile created by modern Anglo-American ex-patriate poets and
translators but we will also consider other modes of cross-cultural
literary/artistic exchange, should the interests of the seminar
members warrant.

Students with competency in modern or classical Japanese language
may register for the course as J521 if they are willing and able to
handle primary and/or secondary texts in Japanese.  The course is
cross-listed with Comparative Literature, and students with no
background in an East Asian language are welcome and encouraged to
enroll.  Students with background in classical Chinese are
especially encouraged to join.

In addition to regular participation in seminar discussions,
students will be evaluated on the basis of individual in-class oral
presentations, and a research paper due at the end of the course.

Readings tentatively include:
Natsume Soseki's England journals;
Yeats' Noh plays;
Pound/Fenollosa, The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for
Poetry;
Pound's Pisan Cantos, and his translations of the Analects;
translations of the Book of Odes;
Gary Snyder (essays, journals, and translations of Han shan,
Miyazawa Kenji and others);
Cid Corman's essays and translations of Basho, Buson, and others.