Sunday, March 18, 2007

My Book on Yosa Buson

My book on Yosa Buson has recently been published by Brill. Take a look at its fabulous website!

It's a wonderful, exciting read! Lots of interesting historical information about haikai in the 18th century, and translations of Buson's verse and prose as well. Here's a brief description:

This book uses the haikai verse and paintings of the brilliant, innovative artist Yosa Buson (1716-1783) as a focal point from which to explore how Japanese writers competed for artistic authority in a time when popular responses to economic, technological, and social changes were creating the beginnings of a modern literature.
A good thing about it is that it addresses not only Buson's writing, but his haiga, or haikai painting, as well.

The web page above lists the table of contents. I'm working on getting some more "look inside this book" stuff into Amazon. That should be ready in the near future. And after that, podcasting? Maybe!