Monday, May 25, 2015

On Kawabata Yasunari's "Pomegranate" (Zakuro; 1945)

Tomorrow is Open Campus; I have to give two lectures in Japanese to 80 potential children-clients and their parents; I have 40-min to teach the basics of reading narrative (see 13 points:http://bit.ly/1IfdIS9); for a sample text, I chose the shortest story I could find:Kawabata Yasunari's "Pomegranate" (Zakuro; 1945); I just realized, however, that this story might not be so appropriate, as it is about a teenage girl's discovery of her recently-ripened vagina, as symbolized by the "pomegranate" fruit that she plucks from the tree and shares with her (prospective?) boyfriend before he goes off to war。

明日のオープンキャンパスで高校生とその保護者向けに模擬授業をすることになったので、40分で、小説を読む基礎を教えることにした(13の重要事項についてはこちらをご覧ください)。テキストとして、知っている中で最も短い短編小説、川端康成の「ざくろ」(昭和20年)を選んだが、準備をしながら、これはオープンキャンパスにはあまり適切ではなかったかもしれないと思い始めた。というのも、これは、少女が木から捥ぎ取り出征前の男子(もしかして許婚?)に差し出し共に齧る一つの柘榴の実に象徴される、熟したての少女の性の発見についての話なのである。

Friday, May 1, 2015

Burton Watson Named Winner of 2015 PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation

Burton Watson, "the inventor of classical East Asian poetry for our time," named winner of 2015 PEN American Center Medal For Translation:http://bit.ly/1ztba5t 。 America's greatest poet, John Ashbery, who discovered B. Watson's [and H. Sato’s] anthology of Japanese poetry From the Country of Eight Islands in 1981, said of the collection: "[It] has been my pillow book since it came out. It is one of the greatest books of poetry I know." Also, according to Wiki, Watson has lived in Japan since 1972;I had no idea;is this common knowledge?

Major Publications:
  • Po Chu-i: Selected Poems. New York: Columbia University Press, 2000.
  • Masaoka Shiki: Selected Poems. New York: Columbia University Press, 1997.
  • The Vimalakirti Sutra. New York: Columbia University Press, 1997.
  • Letters of Nichire. New York: Columbia University Press, 1996.
  • Selected Poems of Su Tung-Po. Port Townsend, Wash.: Copper Canyon Press, 1994.
  • The Lotus Sutra. New York: Columbia University Press, 1993.
  • The Tso Chuan: Selections from China's Oldest Narrative History. New York: Columbia
       University Press, 1989.
  • Ssu-ma Ch’ien: the Historian & His Work. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms
       International, 1985.
  • The Columbia Book of Chinese Poetry: from the Early Times to the
       13th Century
    . New York: Columbia University Press, 1984.
  • From the Country of Eight Islands: an Anthology of Japanese Poetry. Garden City, New
       York: Anchor Books, 1981.
  • Japanese Literature in Chinese. New York: Columbia University Press, 1975-1976. Courtier &
       Commoner in Ancient China. New York: Columbia University Press, 1974.
  • The Old Man Who Does As He Pleases: Selected Poetry and Prose of Lu Yu. New York:
       Columbia University Press, 1973.
  • Chinese Lyricism: Shih Poems from the 2nd to the 12th Century. New York: Columbia
       University Press, 1971.
  • Chinese Rhyme Prose: fu of Han & the Six Dynasties Period. New York: Columbia
       University Press, 1971.
  • The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu. New York: Columbia University Press, 1968.
  • An Introduction to Sung Poetry. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1967.
  • Basic Writings of Mo Tzu Hsun Tzu and Han Fei Tzu. New York: Columbia University Press,
       1967.
  • Su Tung-p’o: Selection from a Sung Dynasty Poet. New York: Columbia University Press,
       1965.
  • Cold Mountain 100 Poems. New York: Grove, 1962; Cape: London, 1970.
  • Early Chinese Literature. New York: Columbia University Press, 1962.
  • Records of The Grand Historian of China. New York: Columbia University Press, 1961.
       Records of the Grand Historian: Han Dynasty I & II; Qin dynasty. Hong Kong; New York:
       Renditions-Columbia University Press, 1993.