Japanese Women Writers: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook

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Women have made many important contributions to Japanese literature since the Heian period (794-1192), when Murasaki Shikibu wrote her prose masterpiece, The Tale of Genji. Even earlier, though documentation is scant, women actively participated in Japanese letters as poets. This reference is a guide to the work of Japanese women writers from centuries ago to the present day. The volume includes 58 alphabetically arranged biographical and critical profiles of these women.

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Overview

Women have made many important contributions to Japanese literature since the Heian period (794-1192), when Murasaki Shikibu wrote her prose masterpiece, The Tale of Genji. Even earlier, though documentation is scant, women actively participated in Japanese letters as poets. This reference is a guide to the work of Japanese women writers from centuries ago to the present day. The volume includes 58 alphabetically arranged biographical and critical profiles of these women.

The book profiles women writers who are considered mainstream writers in Japan and who have attracted attention in the West, chiefly through translations of their works and critical scholarship on their writings. Each entry discusses the subject's life, career, major works, and works in English translation. A bibliography concludes each article. While most of the women are poets, novelists, or authors of classical narrative fiction, the book also includes entries for premodern diarists, modern dramatists, television script writers, and movie scenario writers. An extensive bibliography and chronology conclude the volume.

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A reference that alphabetically covers 58 Japanese women writers from the ninth century to the present through detailed profiles of the authors' lives and careers and critical examination of their writings and relevant historical background. Included are novelists, essayists, poets, playwrights, and diarists, to name a few--all of whom fall into the category of "mainstream" writers occupying prominent places in Japan's literary history, with only a few recently-discovered premodern diarists and possibly one modern writer as exceptions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313254864
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/15/1994
  • Pages: 536
  • Product dimensions: 6.45 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Meet the Author

CHIEKO I. MULHERN is a Professor of Japanese Studies at Fukuoka Jogakuin College, and was a Professor of Japanese and Comparative Literature at the University of Illinois until 1992.

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Table of Contents

Abutsu-ni (Nun Abutsu)

Ariyoshi-Sawako

Ben no naishi

Eifukumonin

Enchi Fumiko

Fujiwara Michitsuna's Mother

Fujiwara Shunzei's Daughter

Go-Fukakusain Nijo

Harada Yasuko

Hashida Sugako

Hayashi Fumiko

Hayashi Kyoko

Higuchi Ichiyo

Hirabayashi Taiko

Hiratsuka Raicho

Ise

Izumi Shikibu

Junii Tameko

Kanai Mieko

Koda Aya

Kometani Fumiko

Kurahashi Yumiko

Meio Masako

Miura Ayako

Miyamoto Yuriko

Mori Michiyo

Mori Reiko

Mori Yoko

Mukoda Kuniko

Murasaki Shikibu

Nakatsukasa no naishi

Nogami Yaeko

Oba Minako

Okamoto Kanoko

Ono no Komachi

Ota Yoko

Saegusa Kazuko

Sanuki no suke

Sei Shonagon

Setouchi Harumi

Shibaki Yoshiko

Shiraishi Kazuko

Sono Ayako

Sugawara Takasue's Daughter

Tamura Toshiko

Tanabe Seiko

Tanaka Sumie

Tomioka Taeko

Tsuboi Sakae

Tsumura Setsuko

Ui Einjeru

Uno Chiyo

Wada Natsuto

Yamada Eimi

Yamamoto Michiko

Yamazaki Toyoko

Yosano Akiko

Yoshida Tomoko

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