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Japanese Poetry: Beyond the Haiku

Dates:January 26 - March 1, 2024
Meets:F from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Cost: $55.00

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Haiku is perhaps the most well-known genre of Japanese poetry; its short form and ability to capture and communicate scenes has prompted people outside of Japan to read and compose this form of poetry in different languages. However, haiku is one part of a history of poetry within Japan that spans over a thousand years; as such, the very things that have helped haiku capture the popular imagination outside of Japan emerge from that history. In this course students will read  from four of the major genres of premodern Japanese poetry--kanshi (Chinese poetry), waka (court poetry), renga (linked verse), and haikai.

The course will introduce some of the major poets of these respective genres and the aesthetic terms used to discuss the poetry and, through class discussions, will examine the ways in which poetic topics and tropes are developed and maintained among the four genres.

Fee: $55.00
Hours:9.00
CEUs:0.90

LeRon Harrison

LeRon Harrison has a B. A. in Japanese Language and Literature from the University of California, Berkeley, a M.A. in Japanese from Indiana University, and a PhD in East Asian Languages and Literature from the University of California, Irvine. He has served as a lecturer of Japanese language and literature at the University of California, Irvine, a lecturer of Japanese literature at Stanford University. a visiting professor of Japanese literature at the University of Oregon, and assistant professor of Japanese at Murray State University. He has taught a course on Japanese poetry at Irvine, Stanford, and Oregon that serves as the basis of this course.
Date Day Time Location
01/26/2024Friday3 PM to 4:30 PM USA - University Commons 115
02/02/2024Friday3 PM to 4:30 PM USA - University Commons 115
02/09/2024Friday3 PM to 4:30 PM USA - University Commons 115
02/16/2024Friday3 PM to 4:30 PM USA - University Commons 115
02/23/2024Friday3 PM to 4:30 PM USA - University Commons 115
03/01/2024Friday3 PM to 4:30 PM USA - University Commons 115