Tokugawa Ideology: Early Constructs, 1570-1680
Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan, 1998 - Political Science - 349 pages
The subject of modern Japanese poetry written in support of the nation's wars, long considered a taboo in postwar literary circles, is explored here in historical and cultural context. Steve Rabson presents translations and explications of works by poets who wrote both for and against war, and provides background essential for understanding why some of Japan's most famous writers swung 180 degrees to support or oppose war at different times in their careers. Through examples from American and British poetry, Rabson also shows that this phenomenon of poets changing their views is by no means exclusive to Japan. Exposing the efforts of some Japanese writers after 1945 to conceal or revise their poetry written during World War II, the author discusses assertions by literary critics and historians that poets bear a special "war responsibility".
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Review: Tokugawa Ideology: Early Constructs, 1570-1680User Review - Chelsea Szendi - Goodreads
So you think that with the rise of the power of the Tokugawa, political thought in Japan suddenly got secular? Not so fast... Should serve as a reminder by analogy that even modern politics operate through ritual. Read full review