In this Book

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This provocative collection of essays is a comprehensive study of the "father-daughter dynamic" in Japanese female literary experience. Its contributors examine the ways in which women have been placed politically, ideologically, and symbolically as "daughters" in a culture that venerates "the father." They weigh the impact that this daughterly position has had on both the performance and production of women's writing from the classical period to the present. Conjoining the classical and the modern with a unified theme reveals an important continuum in female authorship-a historical approach often ignored by scholars. The essays devoted to the literature of the classical period discuss canonical texts in a new light, offering important feminist readings that challenge existing scholarship, while those dedicated to modern writers introduce readers to little-known texts with translations and readings that are engaging and original.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. p. xi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. Chapter 1 Of Love and Bondage in the Kagerō Diary: Michitsuna’s Mother and Her Father
  2. pp. 25-48
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  1. Chapter 2 Self-Representation and the Patriarchy in the Heian Female Memoirs
  2. pp. 49-88
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  1. Chapter 3 Towazugatari Unruly Tales from a Dutiful Daughter
  2. pp. 89-114
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  1. Chapter 4 Mother Tongue and Father Script: The Relationship of Sei Shōnagon and Murasaki Shikibu to Their Fathers and Chinese Letters
  2. pp. 115-142
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  1. Chapter 5 De-siring the Center Hayashi Fumiko’s Hungry Heroines and the Male Literary Canon
  2. pp. 143-166
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  1. Chapter 6 A Room Sweet as Honey: Father-Daughter Love in Mori Mari
  2. pp. 167-193
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  1. Chapter 7 Enchi Fumiko: Female Sexuality and the Absent Father
  2. pp. 194-214
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  1. Chapter 8 Needles, Knives, and Pens: Uno Chiyo and the Remembered Father
  2. pp. 215-237
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  1. Chapter 9 A Confucian Utopia: Kōda Aya and Kōda Rohan
  2. pp. 238-264
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  1. Chapter 10 Ōba Minako and the Paternity of Maternalism
  2. pp. 265-291
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  1. Chapter 11 Kurahashi Yumiko’s Negotiations with the Fathers
  2. pp. 292-326
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  1. Chapter 12 Ogino Anna’s Gargantuan Play in Tales of Peaches
  2. pp. 327-368
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 369-372
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 373-384
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780824864712
Related ISBN
9780824821722
MARC Record
OCLC
53481891
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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