Honorary Curator Makoto Ueda
Honorary Curator, 2004–2005
The American Haiku Archives advisory board is pleased to announce the appointment of Makoto Ueda as the 2004-2005 honorary curator of the American Haiku Archives at the California State Library in Sacramento.
This honor is in recognition of Ueda’s many decades of academic writing about haiku and related genres and his leading translations of Japanese haiku. From his groundbreaking work Zeami, Bashô, Yeats, Pound: A Study in Japanese and English Poetics (The Hague: Mouton & Co., 1965), and his definitive biography and aesthetic study, Matsuo Bashô (New York: Twayne, 1970), through his recently released Far Beyond the Field: Haiku by Japanese Women (Columbia U. Press, 2003) and Dew on the Grass: The Life and Poetry of Kobayashi Issa (Leiden: Brill, 2004), Ueda has been our most consistently useful source for information on Japanese haiku, as well as our finest source for the poems in translation, from Bashô to the present day.
His works on critical theory, such as Literary and Art Theories of Japan (Cleveland: Press of Western Reserve U., 1967) and Modern Japanese Poets and the Nature of Literature (Stanford: Stanford U. Press, 1983), have helped to broaden and deepen our own fledgling tradition. Ueda’s ability to present a clear, unbiased view of the complex Japanese haiku tradition is nowhere more evident than in his masterpiece, Bashô and His Interpreters: Selected Hokku with Commentary (Stanford: Stanford U. Press, 1991), which combines the best biographical information on Bashô available in English with excellent translations and critical readings of his most important hokku by Japanese poets and commentators spanning three centuries.
Ueda’s term as honorary curator of the archives runs for a year starting from July 12, 2004, the eighth anniversary of the founding of the American Haiku Archives.
About Makoto Ueda and His Work
"True Before It Is Made Truth: An Interview with Makoto Ueda" by Eve Luckring
Books by Makoto Ueda
Literary and art theories in Japan. Cleveland, OH: Press of Western Reserve University, 1967.
Ueda, Makoto. Matsuo Basho. New York : Twayne Publishers, 1970.
Modern Japanese haiku: an anthology. Compiled, translated and with an introduction by Makoto Ueda.Toronto; Buffalo: University of Toronto Press, 1976.
Modern Japanese poets and the nature of literature. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1983.
Basho and his interpreters: selected hokku with commentary. Compiled, translated, and with an introduction by Makoto Ueda. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1991.
Modern Japanese tanka: an anthology. Edited and translated by Makoto Ueda. New York: Columbia University Press, 1996.
The Path of Flowering Thorn: The Life and Poetry of Yosa Buson. Standford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1998.
Light Verse from the Floating World: An Anthology of Premodern Japanese Senryu. Edited and translated by Makoto Ueda. New York: Columbia University Press, 1999.
Far Beyond the Field: Haiku by Japanese Women. Edited and translated by Makoto Ueda. New York: Columbia University Press, 2003.
Dew on the grass: the life and poetry of Kobayashi Issa. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2004.