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Emptiness and Temporality: Buddhism and Medieval Japanese Poetics

Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen


This book is an account of classical Japanese poetics, based on the two concepts of emptiness (jo-ha-kyū) and temporality (mujō) that ground the medieval practice and understanding of poetry. It clarifies the unique structure of the collective poetic genre called renga (linked poetry) by analyzing Shinkei's writings, particularly Sasamegoto. The book engages contemporary Western theory, especially Jacques Derrida's concepts of différance and deconstruction, to illuminate the progressive displacement that constitutes the dynamic poetry of the renga link as the sequence moves from verse 1 to 100 ... More

Keywords: Japanese poetry, emptiness, temporality, linked poetry, Shinkei, Sasamegoto, Jacques Derrida, différance, deconstruction, renga

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780804748889
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804748889.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen, author