On Cold Mountain: A Buddhist Reading of the Hanshan Poems (Paperback)Paul Rouzer (author)
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In this first serious study of Hanshan ("Cold Mountain"), Paul Rouzer discusses some seventy poems of the iconic Chinese poet who lived sometime during the Tang dynasty (618-907). Hanshan's poems gained a large readership in English-speaking countries following the publication of Jack Kerouac's novel The Dharma Bums (1958) and Gary Snyder's translations (which began to appear that same year), and they have been translated into English more than any other body of Chinese verse.
Rouzer investigates how Buddhism defined the way that believers may have read Hanshan in premodern times. He proposes a Buddhist poetics as a counter-model to the Confucian assumptions of Chinese literary thought and examines how texts by Kerouac, Snyder, and Jane Hirshfield respond to the East Asian Buddhist tradition.
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
Readers and writers of English and American literature can find some kind of enlightenment in On Cold Mountain's presentation of the processes of poetic transmission and Buddhist poetics in its earlier contexts.-- Lucas Klein * Tang Studies *
It's a fascinating book that's a pleasure to read for both specialist and general readers.-- Carla Nappi * New Books Network *
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