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The American Diary of a Japanese Girl
     

The American Diary of a Japanese Girl

by Edward Marx (Editor), Yone Noguchi
 
The first American novel by a writer of Japanese ancestry, The American Diary of a Japanese Girl is a landmark of modern American fiction and Japanese American transnationalism. First published in 1902, Yone Noguchi's novel describes the turn-of-the-century adventures of Tokyo belle Miss Morning Glory in a first-person narrative that The New York Times called

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The first American novel by a writer of Japanese ancestry, The American Diary of a Japanese Girl is a landmark of modern American fiction and Japanese American transnationalism. First published in 1902, Yone Noguchi's novel describes the turn-of-the-century adventures of Tokyo belle Miss Morning Glory in a first-person narrative that The New York Times called "perfectly ingenuous and unconventional."

Initially published as an authentic journal, the Diary was later revealed to be an imaginative autobiographical fiction written by a man. No less than her creator. Miss Morning Glory delights in disguises, unabashedly switching gender, class, and ethnic roles. Targeting the American fantasy of Madame Butterfly, Noguchi's New Woman heroine prays for "something more decent than a marriage offer," and freely dispenses her insights on Japanese culture and American lifestyles as she travels from Tokyo to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York.

About the Author:
Yone Noguchi served as Professor of English at Keio University in Tokyo

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592135554
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,272,062
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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