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Lost Leaves: Women Writers of Meiji Japan

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The period (1868-1912) was devoid of women writers but for the brilliant exceptionof Higuchi Ichiyo (1872-1896). Rebecca Copeland challenges this claim by examining in detail the lives and literary careers of three of Ichiyo's peers, each representative of the diversity and ingenuity of the period: Miyake Kaho (1868-1944), Wakamatsu Shizuko (1864-1896), and Shimizu Shikin (1868-1933). In a carefully researched introduction, Copeland establishes the context for the development of female literary expression. She ...
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Overview

The period (1868-1912) was devoid of women writers but for the brilliant exceptionof Higuchi Ichiyo (1872-1896). Rebecca Copeland challenges this claim by examining in detail the lives and literary careers of three of Ichiyo's peers, each representative of the diversity and ingenuity of the period: Miyake Kaho (1868-1944), Wakamatsu Shizuko (1864-1896), and Shimizu Shikin (1868-1933). In a carefully researched introduction, Copeland establishes the context for the development of female literary expression. She follows this with chapters on each of the women under consideration. Miyake Kaho, often regarded as the first woman writer of modern Japan, offers readers a vision of the female vitality that is often overlooked when discussing the Meiji era. Wakamatsu Shizuko, the most prominent female translator of her time, had a direct impact on the development of a modern written language for Japanese prose fiction. Shimizu Shikin reminds readers of the struggle women endured in their efforts to balance their creative interests with their social roles. Interspersed throughout are excerpts from works under discussion, most never before translated, offering an invaluable window into this forgotten world of women's writing.

Author Bio: Rebecca L. Copeland is associate professor of Japanese language and literature at Washington University in St. Louis.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780824822293
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Pages: 306

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Recovering Lost Leaves 1
Ch. 1 Educating the Modern Murasaki: Jogaku Zasshi and the Woman Writer 7
Ch. 2 Through Thickets of Imitation: Miyake Kaho and the First Song of Spring 52
Ch. 3 Behind the Veil: Wakamatsu Shizuko and the Freedom of Translation 99
Ch. 4 Shimizu Shikin: From Broken Rings to Brokered Silence 159
Conclusion: In the Shade of the Single Leaf 215
Notes 231
Bibliography 265
Index 275
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