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Yun Hyu And The Search For Dominance: A Seventeenth-Century Korean Reading Of The Offices Of Zhou And The Rituals Of Zhou

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This chapter is devoted to the way in which the text, the Rituals of Zhou, was constructed, critiqued, and used by scholars and politicians of different regimes and historical periods with different objectives and results. Yun Hyu 's A Diagrammed Treatise seems to offer an intriguing example of the way in which, at critical moments for the state, Confucian texts were appropriated to reconstitute the East Asia of the present by way of reimagining the East Asia of the past. The chapter surveys the general geopolitics of seventeenth-century Korea in general terms and then move to the specific political discourse of the ritual controversy in which Yun took a major part. As a way of illuminating A Diagrammed Treatise, it briefly discusses Yun's Leisurely Writings, in which Yun revisits many of the same issues. The chapter examines the intertextuality of his work with the revisionist history of later Chosôn scholars.

Keywords: A Diagrammed Treatise; Korea; Offices of Zhou; Rituals of Zhou; seventeenth century; Yun Hyu



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