Issa and Being Human

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David G. Lanoue is a professor of English at Xavier University of Louisiana. He is a cofounder of the New Orleans Haiku Society, an associate member of the Haiku Foundation, and former President of the Haiku Society of America. His books include translations of Kobayashi Issa, criticism (such as "Pure Land Haiku: The Art of Priest Issa" and "Issa and the Meaning of Animals: A Buddhist Poet's Perspective"), and a series of "haiku novels," including "Haiku Guy," "Laughing Buddha," "Haiku Wars," "Frog Poet" and "Dewdrop World." Some of his books have appeared in French, German, Spanish, Bulgarian, Serbian, and Japanese editions. He maintains "The Haiku of Kobayashi Issa" website, for which he translated 10,000 of Issa's haiku.

Issa and Being Human

Haiku Portraits of Early Modern Japan

Authored by David G. Lanoue

Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828) wrote thousands of one-breath verses depicting people from various walks of life in early modern Japan: farmers, priests, samurai, merchants, artisans, actors, singers, musicians, geisha, prostitutes, beggars, outcastes, thieves, and sumo wrestlers. This book explores these haiku in their historical, cultural and biographical contexts in an effort to understand what "being born human" meant to Issa, a deeply spiritual and (often) savagely satirical observer of his society.

Publication Date:
0991284054 / 9780991284054
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.25" x 8"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Literary Criticism / Asian / Japanese

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