The poetics of sign language haiku

  • Michiko Kaneko

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


This dissertation explores the poetic features of sign language haiku. Sign language haiku can be defined as a very short piece of poetic signing, which is influenced by the traditional Japanese haiku form. Traditional Japanese haiku form is known for its strict formal discipline, objective description of nature, and strong visual appeal. Sign language haiku retains some of the basic features of traditional haiku, but has turned itself into a new poetic form which inherits characteristics both from general artistic signing and the particular discipline of haiku.
Date of Award2008
Original languageEnglish

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