Separating the word and the way: Suyama Nantō’s Chūgi Suikodenkai and Edo-period vernacular philology

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This study examines Edo-period interest in the Chinese vernacular novel Suikoden (Ch. Shuihu zhuan). In 1757, Suyama Nantō, a classical scholar from Tosa, published Chūgi Suikodenkai, an annotated guide to the vocabulary of the novel. Although Nantō’s guide can be connected to a larger discourse on linguistic change established by the classical scholar Ogyū Sorai and his Chinese instructor, Okajima Kanzan, the text ultimately rejects their understanding of Sino-Japanese cultural relations in favor of a paradigm rooted in the collection of discrete information about contemporary Chinese material culture that downplayed the ethical and political applications of such information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)347-371
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Japanese Studies
Volume41
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Separating the word and the way : Suyama Nantō’s Chūgi Suikodenkai and Edo-period vernacular philology. / Hedberg, William.

In: Journal of Japanese Studies, Vol. 41, No. 2, 01.06.2015, p. 347-371.

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