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By Peter Flueckiger

Many intellectuals in eighteenth-century Japan valued classical poetry in both chinese language or jap for its expression of unadulterated human sentiments. additionally they observed such poetry as a distillation of the language and aesthetic values of historic China and Japan, which provided types of the great executive and social concord missing of their time. via learning the poetry of the previous and composing new poetry emulating its variety, they believed it attainable to reform their very own society. Imagining Harmony makes a speciality of the advance of those principles within the lifestyles and paintings of Ogyu Sorai, the main influential Confucian thinker of the eighteenth century, and that of his key disciples and critics.

This research contends that the literary considered those figures should be understood not only for what it has to claim concerning the composition of poetry yet as a sort of political and philosophical discourse. in contrast to different students of this literature, Peter Flueckiger argues that the elevated valorization of human feelings in eighteenth-century literary suggestion went hand in hand with new calls for for a way feelings have been to be regulated and socialized, and that literary and political considered the time have been therefore now not at odds yet inextricably associated.

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