Far Beyond the Field: Haiku by Japanese Women

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Makoto Ueda
Columbia University Press, Aug 21, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 272 pages
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Far Beyond the Field is a first-of-its-kind anthology of haiku by Japanese women, collecting translations of four hundred haiku written by twenty poets from the seventeenth century to the present. By arranging the poems chronologically, Makoto Ueda has created an overview of the way in which this enigmatic seventeen-syllable form has been used and experimented with during different eras. At the same time, the reader is admitted to the often marginalized world of female experience in Japan, revealing voices every bit as rich and colorful, and perhaps even more lyrical and erotic, than those found in male haiku.

Listen, for instance, to Chiyojo, who worked in what has been long thought of as the dark age of haiku during the eighteenth century, but who composed exquisitely fine poems tracing the smallest workings of nature. Or Katsuro Nobuko, who wrote powerfully erotic poems when she was widowed after only two years of marriage. And here, too, is a voice from today, Mayuzumi Madoka, whose meditations on romantic love represent a fresh new approach to haiku.
 

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Contents

Den Sutejo 16331698
1
Kawai Chigetsu 1634? 1718
13
Shiba Sonome 16641726
25
Chiyojo 17031775
37
Enomoto Seifu 17321815
49
Tagami Kikusha 17531826
61
Takeshita Shizunojo 18871951
73
Hashimoto Takako 18991963
97
Yoshino Yoshiko b1915
145
Tsuda Kiyoko b 1920
157
Inahata Teiko b 1931
169
Uda Kiyoko b 1935
181
Kuroda Momoko b 1938
193
Tsuji Momoko b 1945
205
Katayama Yumiko b 1952
217
Mayuzumi Madoka b 1965
229

Ishibashi Hideno 19091947
121
Katsura Nobuko b 1914
133

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About the author (2012)

Makoto Ueda is professor emeritus of Japanese at Stanford University. He has written, translated, or edited fourteen books, including Modern Japanese Tanka and Light Verse from the Floating World.


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