ASIAN 252 - Undergraduate Seminar in Japanese Culture
Section: 002 Haiku as Poetry and Philosophy
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Requirements & Distribution:
FYSem, WorldLit
Advisory Prerequisites:
No knowledge of Japanese language is required.
May be elected twice for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Students will examine the world’s briefest poem, the haiku. How does this 17-syllable, 3-line poem signify? What assumptions about the nature of language and meaning lie behind its composition and interpretation? What social milieu produced it? What is its link to Zen practice and other Zen arts? Readings will be from the poetry and critical commentaries of the master Bashô and his disciples, with later poets such as Buson and Issa, as well as haiga (haiku paintings), providing opportunities for comparative study. The Western understandings of haiku in the Imagist movement, Ezra Pound, the beat generation, and Barthe’s Empire of Signs will also be examined. Secondary sources are available in English, but given the brevity of the poems, analysis of some Japanese texts and their various English renditions will often be possible.

ASIAN 252 - Undergraduate Seminar in Japanese Culture
Schedule Listing
002 (SEM)
6Fr or So
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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