Abstract

Examined through the lens of evolutionary literary criticism, or “biopoetics,” haiku exemplifies several evocritical ideas about the adaptive functions of art. It is an exercise in “making special,” or marking significant rituals, a means of promoting social bonding, and a kind of cognitive play that exercises our abilities in symbolic thought.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1925-5683
Print ISSN
0027-1276
Pages
pp. 91-107
Launched on MUSE
2013-12-12
Open Access
No
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