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

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Show simple item record Fraleigh, Matthew 2016-01-04T18:24:02Z 2016-01-04T18:24:02Z 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. en_US
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. en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher The Harvard-Yenching Institute en_US
dc.rights Copyright by Matthew Fraleigh 2009 en_US
dc.subject Chinese language literature. en_US
dc.subject Role of samurai. en_US
dc.subject Treatment of nationalism. en_US
dc.subject Patriotism. en_US
dc.subject Righteousness. en_US
dc.subject Sources in Wen Tianxiang (1236-1283). en_US
dc.subject 'Zheng qi ge'. en_US
dc.subject Japanese literature, 1800-1899. en_US
dc.subject Kanshi (Japanese poetry). en_US
dc.subject Shishi (men of high purpose). en_US
dc.subject Fujita Tōko (1806-1855). en_US
dc.subject Yoshida Shōin (1830-1859). en_US
dc.subject Takasugi Shinsaku (1839-1867). en_US
dc.subject Saigō Takamori (1828-1877). en_US
dc.subject Kokubu Seigai (1857–1944). en_US
dc.title Songs of the Righteous Spirit: "Men of High Purpose" and Their Chinese Poetry in Modern Japan en
dc.type Article en_US

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