The Other World of Richard Wright: Perspectives on His Haiku

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The first scholarly consideration of the over eight hundred haiku written late in Wright's life

Essays by: Shawnrece D. Campbell Lee Gurga Yoshinobu Hakutani Richard A. Iadonisi Toru Kiuchi Sanehide Kodama Thomas L. Morgan Sachi Nakachi Meta L. Schettler Jianqing Zheng

The Other World of Richard Wright: Perspectives on His Haiku reveals Richard Wright's poetic vision toward the human world. Through the minimal form of haiku, Wright (1908-1960) ...

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Overview

The first scholarly consideration of the over eight hundred haiku written late in Wright's life

Essays by: Shawnrece D. Campbell Lee Gurga Yoshinobu Hakutani Richard A. Iadonisi Toru Kiuchi Sanehide Kodama Thomas L. Morgan Sachi Nakachi Meta L. Schettler Jianqing Zheng

The Other World of Richard Wright: Perspectives on His Haiku reveals Richard Wright's poetic vision toward the human world. Through the minimal form of haiku, Wright (1908-1960) found his poetic connection to nature. This sensibility displays not only the change in him as a writer but also the tenderness in him as a human being.

These essays open up a new territory in Wright studies by tracing the development of Wright's aesthetic and its relationship to African and Japanese cultures. The book tells how haiku offered a therapeutic outlet for Wright in his final two years of life in Paris, explores the influence of Zen Buddhism on Wright's haiku, and delivers a thematic analysis of Wright's haiku. The collection also gives us a focused examination of how Wright's haiku reveal a conflict between nature and culture, how women are exploited for labor and sex by the culture at-large, and how the South in Wright's haiku symbolizes a place full of dreams, memories, hardships, and loneliness with his images of cotton, freight trains, croaking frogs, magnolia trees, and hog-killing.

Jianqing Zheng, Greenwood, Mississippi, is professor and chair of English at Mississippi Valley State University. He is the editor of Valley Voices: A Literary Review. A noted Wright scholar, Zheng's work on the writer has appeared in the Explicator, Southern Quarterly, Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Notes on Contemporary Literature, and other periodicals.

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"The Other World of Richard Wright is a treasure trove of critical insights into Wright's life, his fiction and nonfiction, and his haiku. This volume accomplishes its editor's goals; the topics and themes identified in this volume... provide scholars numerous opportunities to further explore the worlds of this major American writer." --Phillip Howerton Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies
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Jianqing Zheng is professor and chair of English at Mississippi Valley State University. He is the editor of Valley Voices: A Literary Review. A noted Wright scholar, Zheng's work on the writer has appeared in the Explicator, Southern Quarterly, Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Notes on Contemporary Literature, and other periodicals.
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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Richard Wright's Haiku, Zen, and the African "Primai Outlook upon Life" Yoshinobu Hakutani 3

Zen Buddhism in Richard Wright's Haiku Toru Kiuchi 25

Healing and Loss: Richard Wright's Haiku and the Southern Landscape Meta L. Schettler 43

Female Imagery, Exploitation, and Richard Wright's Journey to His Other World: Haiku Shawnrece D. Campbell 57

"I Am Nobody": The Haiku of Richard Wright Richard A. Iadonisi 71

Inverting the Haiku Moment: Alienation, Objectification, and Mobility in Richard Wright's Haiku: This Other World Thomas L. Morgan 92

Japanese Influence on Richard Wright in His Last Years: English Haiku as a New Genre Sanehide Kodama 122

From Japonisme to Modernism: Richard Wright's African American Haiku Sachi Nakachi 134

Nature, the South, and Spain in Haiku: This Other World Jianqing Zheng 148

Richard Wright's Place in American Haiku Lee Gurga 169

Works Cited 181

Bibliography on Richard Wright's Haiku 189

Contributors 193

Index 197

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