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/ Emptiness in Flux: The Buddhist Poetics of Ernest Fenollosa's “The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry”

Jonathan Stalling

in Poetics of Emptiness

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780823231447
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823241835 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823231447.003.0003

Series: American Literatures Initiative

/  Emptiness in Flux: The Buddhist Poetics of Ernest Fenollosa's “The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry”

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This chapter fundamentally challenges both Ezra Pound's representation of the text and American literary criticism's reduction of Fenollosa to a naïve positivist by revealing the essay's function in Fenollosa's peculiar Buddhist mission. Far from an abstract “Buddhist reading” of Fenollosa's poetics, this chapter, grounded in the details of his specific historical and cultural engagements, reveals a poetics tied closely to an unusual school of Japanese Buddhism known simply as “New Buddhism”, which Fenollosa himself had a role in founding. In short, this chapter fundamentally redirects the principal manifesto of American Modernism against the grain of Pound's modernist desire for ontological coherence to reveal a heterocultural deconstructive poetics that was articulated over a half century before the rise of postmodern poetics.

Keywords: American literary criticism; Buddhist mission; Japanese Buddhism; new Buddhism; American Modernism; postmodern poetics

Chapter.  9888 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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