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Nativist Hermeneutics: The Interpretative Strategies Of Motoori Norinaga And Fujitani Mitsue

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This chapter analyzes a few hermeneutical strategies used by two major members of the Nativist movement, Motoori Norinaga (1730-1801) and Fujitani Mitsue (1768-1823) in addressing the notion of Japanese poetry. Motoori's privileging of speech/action over representation/object was rooted in his attempt to distinguish native speech from the "alien" continental script inherited from China. Poetic language restores life to a body deeply threatened by overwhelming passions. The language of mono no aware provided Motoori with a universal pattern of signification beyond the articulation of language into words and sentences. The respect of the public rule- worship of the deity, for example-in a moment of personal crisis might well move the heart of the god if the expression of worship is sincere.

Keywords: China; Fujitani Mitsue; hermeneutical strategies; Motoori Norinaga



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