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Brendan Morley

Japanese Program

Much of my research concerns texts written in kanbun, a superordinate term embracing both "pure" classical Chinese (with dominant styles ranging from florid pianwen to austere guwen) and linguistically hybridized (washū or "Japanized") variants thereof. Thematically, my interests tend to coalesce around poetics and intellectual history. Recent research has focused on the poetry and prose of Chūgan Engetsu (1300-75), in particular those aspects of his work that inform our understanding of early Japanese Neo-Confucianism and speak to the development of a Japanese commentarial tradition surrounding texts such as Yijing, Zhuangzi, and the Song-era anthology of Tang poetry, San ti shi. My hope is that Chugan's work may be fruitfully viewed alongside the exegetical investigations of other early medieval scholars such as Urabe Kanekata and Nijō Yoshimoto, who produced notable commentaries on texts of native provenance.