Apparitions of Asia: Modernist Form and Asian Poetics

by Josephine Park

Oxford University Press | February 14, 2008 | Hardcover

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Walt Whitman called the Orient "The Past! the Past! the Past!" but East Asia was remarkably present for the United States in the twentieth century. Apparitions of Asia reads American literary expressions of a century of U.S.-East Asian alliances in which the Far East is imagined as near and contemporary. Commercial and political bridges across the Pacific generated American literary fantasies of ethical and spiritual accord; Apparitions of Asia examines American bards who capitalized on these ties and interrogates the price of such intimacies for Asian American poets. Park begins her literary history with the poetry of Ernest Fenollosa, who called for ''The Future Union of East and West.'' From this prime instigator of the Gilded Age, she newly considers the Orient of Ezra Pound, who turned to China to lay the groundwork for his poetics and ethics. Park argues that Pound''s Orient was bound to his America, and she traces this American-East Asian nexus into the work of Gary Snyder, who found a native American spirituality in Zen. The second half of Apparitions of Asia considers the creation of Asian America against this backdrop of transpacific alliances. Park analyzes the burden of American Orientalism for Asian American poetry, and she reads the innovations of Lawson Fusao Inada as a critique of this literary past. Apparitions of Asia concludes by considering two Asian American poets, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha and Myung Mi Kim, who return to modernist forms in order to reveal a history of American interventions in East Asia.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 224 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 in

Published: February 14, 2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 0195332733

ISBN - 13: 9780195332735

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Apparitions of Asia: Modernist Form and Asian Poetics

by Josephine Park

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 224 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 in

Published: February 14, 2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0195332733

ISBN - 13: 9780195332735

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Cathay to Confucius: Ezra Pound and China 2. Beatific Orientalism: Gary Snyder and Zen 3. Beats and Bandits: Lawson Fusao Inada and the Asian American Movement 4. Modern Warfare: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha and Myung Mi Kim Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index

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Walt Whitman called the Orient "The Past! the Past! the Past!" but East Asia was remarkably present for the United States in the twentieth century. Apparitions of Asia reads American literary expressions of a century of U.S.-East Asian alliances in which the Far East is imagined as near and contemporary. Commercial and political bridges across the Pacific generated American literary fantasies of ethical and spiritual accord; Apparitions of Asia examines American bards who capitalized on these ties and interrogates the price of such intimacies for Asian American poets. Park begins her literary history with the poetry of Ernest Fenollosa, who called for ''The Future Union of East and West.'' From this prime instigator of the Gilded Age, she newly considers the Orient of Ezra Pound, who turned to China to lay the groundwork for his poetics and ethics. Park argues that Pound''s Orient was bound to his America, and she traces this American-East Asian nexus into the work of Gary Snyder, who found a native American spirituality in Zen. The second half of Apparitions of Asia considers the creation of Asian America against this backdrop of transpacific alliances. Park analyzes the burden of American Orientalism for Asian American poetry, and she reads the innovations of Lawson Fusao Inada as a critique of this literary past. Apparitions of Asia concludes by considering two Asian American poets, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha and Myung Mi Kim, who return to modernist forms in order to reveal a history of American interventions in East Asia.

About the Author

Josephine Nock-Hee Park is assistant professor of English and Asian American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Editorial Reviews

"I had nearly forgotten that writing on literature and poetry could be this good, and am glad to see poetry and modernist poetics brought into transpacific domains of Asian American studies as well as the Beat canon in exacting, theoretically sophisticated, and innovative ways."-- Rob Wilson, author of Reimagining the American Pacific and Waking In Seoul
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