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Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 2020, 3(3); doi: 10.25236/AJHSS.2020.030304.

Research on the Revivalist Literature According to Hattori Nankaku’s Bunsenshougen


Liangxiaojuan Li1, a, Xiaofeng Wang2, b

Corresponding Author:
Liangxiaojuan Li

1 School of International Education, Jiangxi Normal University, Nanchang 330022, China
2 School of History, Culture and Tourism, Jiangxi Normal University, Nanchang 330022, China
a [email protected], b [email protected]


In Edo era, Ogyu Sorai was deeply influenced by Panlong Li and Shizhen Wang of Ming Dynasty and established Kobunjigaku (study of ancient rhetoric school). By this way, Japanese began to pay attention to revivalist literature and it was widely spread out in Japan. Hattori Nankaku was one of Ogyu Sorai’s students and was regarded as the greatest of Sorai’s school as well as Dazai Syundai. His effects on the development and dissemination of revivalist literature cannot be ignored. Bunsenshougen was one of Hattori Nankaku’s masterpieces. It was a book which analyzed some ancient Chinese writings. It taught Nankaku’s disciples how to write Kanbun and how to use auxiliary words and rhetoric in a right way. It also pointed out the studying method of writing remarkable Kanbuns. The research on Hattori Nankaku is still limited in China, but there are many people who are working on the study of Hattori Nankaku in Japan. Besides, there are many valuable ancient books written by Hattori Nankaku stored in Japan. This paper will discuss Hattori Nankaku’s revivalist literature and his attitude towards Kanbun by analyzing his book Bunsenshougen.


Bunsenshougen, Hattori Nankaku, Revivalist literature, Auxiliary words and rhetoric, Edo era

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Liangxiaojuan Li, Xiaofeng Wang. Research on the Revivalist Literature According to Hattori Nankaku’s Bunsenshougen. Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences (2020) Vol. 3, Issue 3: 26-34. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJHSS.2020.030304.


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