(Aka Yosano Shiyo)
[December 7, 1878 - May 29, 1942]
Travels in Manchuria and Mongolia
(2001), Joshua Fogel, translator
In 1928 at a highpoint of Sino-Japanese tensions,
Yosano was invited by the South Manchurian Railway Company to travel
around areas with a prominent Japanese presence in China's northeast. This
volume, translated for the first time into English, is her account of that
journey. Though a portrait of China and the Chinese, the chronicle is most
revealing as a portrait of modern Japanese representations of China -- and
as a study of Yosano herself.
River of Stars: Selected Poems of Yosano Akiko
(1997), Keiko Matsui Gibson and Sam Hamill, translators
Yosano Akiko (1878-942) is one of the most famous
Japanese writers of the twentieth century. She is the author of more than
seventy-five books, including twenty volumes of original poetry and the
definitive translation into modern Japanese of the Tale of the Genji.
Although probably best known for her exquisite erotic poetry, Akiko's
work also championed the causes of feminism, pacifism, and social reform.
Akiko's poetry is profoundly direct, often passionate, exposing the
complexity of everyday emotions in poetic language stripped of artifice
and presenting the full breadth of her poetic vision. Included are
ninety-one of Akiko's tanka (a traditional five-line form of verse) and a
dozen of her longer poems written in the modern style.
Tangled Hair: Selected Tanka from 'Midaregami' (1901, 1987, 2002), Sanford Goldstein and Seishi Shinoda, translators
Akiko Yosano's Tangled Hair, published in
1901, had a sensational impact on Japanese literature, and we are pleased
to make this highly praised translation (originally published 30 years
ago) available once again in a revised Cheng & Tsui edition. Akiko
reshaped the tanka, the most popular form of Japanese poetry for 1,200
years, into a modern poetic form. In this new work, her tanka appear in
their original Japanese, in roman transliterations, and English
translations along with a new preface and notes. Suitable for literature
programs and translation courses.
Night Fading to Pale Rose (1986)
Embracing the Firebird: Yosano Akiko and the Birth of the Female Voice in Modern
Japanese Poetry (2002) by Janine Beichman
How did a girl from the provinces, meant to do
nothing more than run the family store, become a bold and daring poet
whose life and work helped change the idea of love in modern Japan?
Embracing the Firebird is the first book-length study in English of the
early life and work of Yosano Akiko (1879-1942), the most famous
post-classical woman poet of Japan. It follows Akiko, who was born into a
merchant family in the port city of Sakai near Osaka, from earliest
childhood to her twenties, charting the slow process of development before
the seemingly sudden metamorphosis.
Akiko's later poetry has now begun to win long-overdue recognition, but in
terms of literary history the impact of Midaregami (Tangled Hair, 1901),
her first book, still overshadows everything else she wrote, for it
brought individualism to traditional tanka poetry with a tempestuous force
and passion found in no other work of the period. Embracing the Firebird
traces Akiko's emotional and artistic development up to the publication of
this seminal work, which became a classic of modern Japanese poetry and
marked the starting point of Akiko's forty-year-long career as a writer.
It then examines Tangled Hair itself, the characteristics that make it a
unified work of art, and its originality.
The study throughout includes Janine Beichman's elegant translations of
poems by Yosano Akiko (both those included in Tangled Hair and those not),
as well as poems by contemporaries such as Yosano Tekkan, Yamakawa Tomiko,
A Flowering Word: The Modernist Expression in Stephane Mallarme, T.S. Eliot, and Yosano Akiko (2000) by Noriko
In its international and cross-cultural evolution,
the modernist movement brought the most notable achievements in the poetry
genre. Through their fragmented mode by semantic scrambling, the modernist
poems seek to embody an indestructible unity of language and art. In order
to elucidate the significance of that "essential" form in capitalistic
times, 'A Flowering Word' applies C. S. Peirce's semiotic theory to the
principal works of three contemporary writers: Stphane Mallarm's late
sonnets, T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets, and the Japanese pre-feminist
poet, Yosano Akiko's Tangled Hair.
Yosano Akiko and the Tale of Genji (2000) by G.G.
The Poetry of Yosano Akiko (1957) BY Hokuseido
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