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Japanese CountercultureThe Antiestablishment Art of Terayama Sh ji$
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Steven C. Ridgely

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816667529

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816667529.001.0001

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Poetic Kleptomania and Pseudo-Lyricism

Poetic Kleptomania and Pseudo-Lyricism

(p.1) Chapter 1 Poetic Kleptomania and Pseudo-Lyricism
Japanese Counterculture

Steven C. Ridgely

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter describes how Terayama Shūji plagiarized in a tanka competition as a way to emphasize the validity of adopting the words and ideas of another author. Terayama won the tanka competition but he was quickly discovered to have appropriated large sections from several contemporary haiku poets and to have rearranged and lengthened his own haiku by the fourteen syllables necessary to convert them into tanka. The chapter examines the poetic allusion of Terayama’s Casablanca, and explains how Terayama combines the tanka and haiku. It also gives an overview of a plagiarism debate that occurred after the competition.

Keywords:   Terayama Shūji, Casablanca, plagiarism, tanka, haiku

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