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Imagining HarmonyPoetry, Empathy, and Community in Mid-Tokugawa Confucianism and Nativism$
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Peter Flueckiger

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804761574

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804761574.001.0001

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(p.210) Epilogue
Imagining Harmony
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This chapter provides some conclusions to the study. This book has examined eighteenth-century Japanese theories of poetry by bringing to the forefront their treatment of poetry as a means for the formation of communities held together by cultural norms. Given the common association of nativism with pure emotionality, and Confucianism with political and moral views of literature, the study also implies a questioning of the boundary between Confucian and nativist approaches to poetry. It argues that the politicization of poetry by eighteenth-century Japanese writers is central to why they were so interested in poetry to begin with. By exploring the complex ways in which writers of this time valued poetry, though, the study shows that it in fact played a much richer and more integral role for them than has often been acknowledged.

Keywords:   Japanese poetry, eighteenth-century Japan, Japanese identity, Confucianism

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