By Shuichi Kato (auth.)
Shuichi Kato's two-volume background of eastern literature is awesome for its serious and comparative clutch in addition to for its ancient scholarship. it's also a distinct contribution to the topic insofar because it contains the monstrous unfold of kambun (classic chinese language) literature written via eastern authors. by way of relocating past the dialogue of literary kinds and magnificence into the social heritage which has formed the works, Professor Kato presents the 1st genuine historical past of eastern literature in its context; in reality, given the significance of literature in jap cultural heritage as a rule, Professor Kato's paintings may perhaps both be seen as a research of Japan's highbrow background via literature.
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The theoretical side of the Shinto system, from Urabe Kanetomo to Hirata Atsutane, borrowed from Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism and even Christianity. There is no Shinto theory which does not owe something to a foreign thought system. Since, however, the Kojiki and the various fudoki have little Buddhist or Confucian influence, we must be able to deduce from them a way of thought which we can imagine as indigenous. We can check conclusions against folklore material and we can compare and contrast them with later literature.
The first article opens with the line, 'Harmony is to be valued', and the final article contains the stricture, 'Weighty matters should not be considered by one person alone; they should be discussed with many people'. Some scholars have seen Buddhist influence, as well as Confucian influence, in this emphasis on 'harmony'. Be that as it may, it is possible that the opening statement on harmony which is re-iterated in article 15 represents the subjective view of the author of the 'Constitution'.
The poets of the Shin Kokinsha were the first 'alienated' intellectuals in Japan's literary history. During the next few hundred years it became quite usual for poets to 'abandon the world' and live in grass huts or in temples. This is one reason why the literature of the period is so often termed 'recluse literature'. However, not all writers of aristocratic or monkish origin abandoned the world and hid themselves away. Some authors took a keen interest in the deeds and ethics of the new class and frequently wrote in praise of it.
A History of Japanese Literature: The First Thousand Years by Shuichi Kato (auth.)