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Counting DreamsThe Life and Writings of the Loyalist Nun Nomura Bōtō$
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Roger K. Thomas

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781501759994

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2022

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501759994.001.0001

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(p.167) Conclusion
Counting Dreams

Roger K. Thomas

Cornell University Press

This chapter explores the tendency of disciplinary divisions to narrow the views and importance of figures while using Nomura Bōtō as a reference. It mentions how Bōtō's life is illustrative of Bakumatsu's society and culture. The Bakumatsu period saw the weakening of the waka establishment in line with the decentralization of literary activity. Moreover, the Bakumatsu period witnessed the breakdown of class boundaries and gender roles in society. The chapter also addresses the chiliastic atmosphere being solved through class fluidity and the millenarian worldview. It uses the life of Shibue Io as an example of the aforementioned changes. The chapter then explains how liminality could help understand Bōtō's mature vision.

Keywords:   Nomura Bōtō, Bakumatsu period, waka, class boundaries, gender roles, class fluidity, millenarian worldview, Shibue Io, liminality

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