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Shasei as an Ecocritical Perspective in Contemporary Haiku
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Japanese. (KIG)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8111-7603
2014 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The concept shasei (“sketching from life”) has been central in the formation of modern Japanese haiku. Although much criticised by academics, especially when applied to the reading of classical haiku, it is undeniably an important concept in modern and contemporary haiku poetics. One may find arguments around shasei in the writings of the traditionalist Takahama Kyoshi as well as in the essays of the avant-garde haiku poet Kaneko Tōta. The concept is, however, defined in different ways by different authors and the reason for adhering to it as an ideal may thus vary.

In this paper, the shasei concept will be analyzed in the light of how it has been discussed by some of the most influential modern and contemporary haiku poets. Critical and theoretical writings, from the early texts on the subject by Masaoka Shiki to contemporary essays by Mayuzumi Madoka will be investigated. By contrasting different ways of understanding shasei an argument will be attempted to reach a meaningful definition of the concept, by which it may be used as a tool for gaining a deeper understanding of contemporary haiku. It will also be shown how shasei, although originating in a different context, is closely related to the ecocritical way of questioning the anthropocentric perspective; the notion of getting into contact with and be affected by the the physical world, as expressed by Scott Slovic among others.

A few examples of contemporary haiku will also be analysed to illustrate how the concept has relevance for reading a variety of styles. The gentle emotionalism of Mayuzumi Madoka as well as the drastic similes of Kaneko Tōta will be shown to be fully understandable only when studied in the light of this concept.

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2014.
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Kultur, identitet och gestaltning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-15782OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-15782DiVA: diva2:748248
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14th EAJS International Conference at the Ljubljana University, Slovenia, August 27-30 2014
Available from: 2014-09-18 Created: 2014-09-18 Last updated: 2014-12-11Bibliographically approved

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