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Agnieszka Żuławska-Umeda

Agnieszka Żuławska-Umeda, ca. 2013
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Agnieszka Żuławska-Umeda (born Agnieszka Żuławska, December 10, 1950, Warsaw, Poland; married name Umeda; sometimes publishes her haikai using the haigō Kuzu), Polish Japanologist, translator, linguist, and retired academic. She received a PhD in Japanese language and literature from Warsaw University in 2004 and was a visiting research scholar at Tokyo University in 2006–2007. She was assistant professor at Warsaw University pursuing academic interests in poetics, semantics, and aesthetics in Japanese literature. Her books include Haiku (1983; second edition 2010); Poezja starojapońska: pieśni (1984; Old Japanese Poetry: Songs); Poetyka szkoły Matsuo Bashō (Poetics of the Matsuo Bashō School); and a Polish translation of Bashō’s Oku no hosomichi in 2022. She has also produced a trilingual anthology of classical Polish haiku, Wiśnie i wierzby / Cherry Trees and Willows / Sakura to yanagi (2015). Żuławska-Umeda publishes her own haiku mostly in KUZU, the magazine of the haiku study group of the same name. She also served on the founding committee of the Polish Haiku Association, has been an honorary PHA member since 2018, and serves as chairwoman of its Ewa Tomaszewska Poetry Award Committee. She resides in Warsaw.

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Updated on April 25, 2023