Peter A. Flueckiger

Professor of Japanese; Coordinator of the Japanese Section
With Pomona Since: 2002
  • Expertise


    Peter Flueckiger’s research explores the relationship of literary theory to political and ethical philosophy in 18th-century Japan, a period in which Japanese writers intensely pursued such questions as what constitutes the essence of human nature, how a well-ordered society can be established, and how the study and practice of literature can contribute to the cultivation and socialization of human nature. The figures he has focused on most intensively are the Confucian philosopher Ogyu Sorai (1666-1728), his disciple Dazai Shundai (1680-1747), and critics of Sorai such as Kamo no Mabuchi (1697-1769) and Motoori Norinaga (1730-1801).

    Research Interests

    The relationship of literary theory to political and ethical philosophy in 18th century Japan.

    Areas of Expertise


    • Confucianism
    • Japanese Language
    • Japanese Literary Theory
    • Japanese Literature
  • Work


    Imagining Harmony: Poetry, Empathy, and Community in Mid-Tokugawa Confucianism and Nativism (Stanford University Press, 2010)

    "Reflections on the Meaning of Our Country: Kamo no Mabuchi's Kokuikô," Monumenta Nipponica 63:2, pp. 211-63, Autumn 2008

    Translations of Hattori Nankaku, Kada no Arimaro, Tayasu Munetake, Kamo no Mabuchi, Motoori Norinaga, Yamamoto Hokuzan, Ozawa Roan, Kagawa Kageki, and Ôkuma Kotomichi, in Early Modern Japanese Literature: an Anthology, 1600-1900 (H. Shirane, ed., Columbia University Press, 2002)

    "The Discourse of 'Makoto' and the Canonization of Tokugawa Waka," in Proceedings of the Association for Japanese Literary Studies, Vol. 1, Summer 2000

    "Monorogu to shite waka: Motoori Norinaga no kagaku ni okeru komyunikeeshon no mondai" (English title: "Waka as Monologue: The Problem of Communication in the Poetics of Motoori Norinaga"), in Hihyo kukan II-22, Summer 1999

  • Education


    Columbia University

    Master of Arts
    Columbia University

    Bachelor of Arts
    Harvard College

    Recent Courses Taught

    • Intermediate Japanese
    • Classical Japanese
    • Elementary Japanese
    • Pre-Modern Japanese Literature
    • Tokugawa Literature
    • Critical Inquiry Seminar
  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    Fulbright Graduate Research Fellowship, 2000