Songs of the Righteous Spirit: "Men of High Purpose" and Their Chinese Poetry in Modern Japan

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dc.contributor.author Fraleigh, Matthew
dc.date.accessioned 2016-01-04T18:24:02Z
dc.date.available 2016-01-04T18:24:02Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Fraleigh, Matthew. "Songs of the Righteous Spirit: 'Men of High Purpose' and Their Chinese Poetry in Modern Japan." Harvard Journal Asiatic Studies. 69:1 (June 2009), 109-171.
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10192/31411
dc.description.abstract Matthew Fraleigh examines how 'men of high purpose' (shishi), a group of mid-nineteenth-century samurai who embraced nationalist causes, wrote poetry to fashion themselves in the image of heroes and statesmen of Chinese antiquity. Focusing in particular on their creative adaptation and re-envisioning of Wen Tianxiang's 'Song of the Righteous Spirit,' Fraleigh analyzes how Fujita Tōko, Yoshida Shōin, Takasugi Shinsaku, Saigō Takamori, and others reworked specific Chinese allusions and texts, which in turn circulated as an intertextual currency among the shishi. Through writings thus enriched by a selfreferential intertextuality, shishi forged important social and literary connections among themselves. The process of naturalization, argues Fraleigh, happened not through the de-sinification of the poetic form itself, but rather through the exploitation of an expanding discursive sphere that became increasingly contemporaneous and localized.
dc.language English
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher The Harvard-Yenching Institute
dc.rights Copyright by Matthew Fraleigh 2009
dc.subject Chinese language literature.
dc.subject Role of samurai.
dc.subject Treatment of nationalism.
dc.subject Patriotism.
dc.subject Righteousness.
dc.subject Sources in Wen Tianxiang (1236-1283).
dc.subject 'Zheng qi ge'.
dc.subject Japanese literature, 1800-1899.
dc.subject Kanshi (Japanese poetry).
dc.subject Shishi (men of high purpose).
dc.subject Fujita Tōko (1806-1855).
dc.subject Yoshida Shōin (1830-1859).
dc.subject Takasugi Shinsaku (1839-1867).
dc.subject Saigō Takamori (1828-1877).
dc.subject Kokubu Seigai (1857–1944).
dc.title Songs of the Righteous Spirit: "Men of High Purpose" and Their Chinese Poetry in Modern Japan
dc.type Article


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