On Cold Mountain: A Buddhist Reading of the Hanshan Poems by Paul Rouzer

On Cold Mountain: A Buddhist Reading of the Hanshan Poems

byPaul Rouzer

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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.  

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Paul Rouzer is professor of Asian languages and literatures at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of A New Practical Primer of Literary Chinese and Articulated Ladies: Gender and the Male Community in Early Chinese Texts.
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Title:On Cold Mountain: A Buddhist Reading of the Hanshan PoemsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.3 × 6.4 × 1.05 inPublished:October 23, 2015Publisher:University Of Washington PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0295994991

ISBN - 13:9780295994994

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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.  Brings the techniques of advanced literary interpretation to this corpus in a book that gives a broad readership close acquaintance with the details of language, style, and background. - Haun Saussy, author of The Problem of a Chinese Aesthetic