cism from abroad for its killing and consumption of cetaceans and for driving worldwide tuna populations to near collapse by its rapacious demand for that piece of raw fish on a rice ball. Compared with the feeble revival of local foodstuffs discussed in this volume, the international politics of Japanese food involves much higher stakes, more powerful and antagonistic players, more intractable problems, and more far-reaching consequences. In overlooking this angle, the current volume leaves a vast space indeed for future research. Imagining Harmony: Poetry, Empathy, and Community in Mid-Tokugawa Confucianism and Nativism. By Peter Flueckiger. Stanford University Press, Stanford, 2011. x, 291 pages. $60.00; E-book, $60.00. Reviewed by Roger K. Thomas Illinois State University The period known as the "eighteenth century" is very nearly coextensive with important intellectual movements in Japan, a coincidence reflected in both the titles and scope of much modern scholarship. Peter Flueckiger's excellent study is a welcome addition to this corpus, offering both correction and complementarity to the work of his predecessors. While there has been no dearth either of scholarly analysis of the radical reorientation of Confucian literary theory under Ogyu Sorai (16661728) or hypotheses about ¯ Sorai's influence on later currents
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Published: Jul 14, 2012
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