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Poetics of Emptiness: Transformations of Asian Thought in American Poetry

Jonathan Stalling


This book uncovers an important untold history by tracing the historically specific, intertextual pathways of a single, if polyvalent, philosophical term, emptiness, as it is transformed within twentieth-century American poetry and poetics. This conceptual migration is detailed in two sections. The first focuses on “transpacific Buddhist poetics,” while the second maps the less well-known terrain of “transpacific Daoist poetics.” In Chapters 1 and 2, the text explores Ernest Fenollosa's “The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry” as an expression of Fenollosa's distinctly Buddhist p ... More

Keywords: twentieth-century American poetry, transpacific Buddhist poetics, transpacific Daoist poetics, Ernest Fenollosa, Shin Bukkyo, Chinese poetics, Gary Snyder, Wai-lim Yip, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780823231447
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823231447.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Stalling, author