The Modern Murasaki: Writing by Women of Meiji Japan

The Modern Murasaki: Writing by Women of Meiji Japan

by Rebecca Copeland
     
 

The first anthology of its kind, The Modern Murasaki brings the vibrancy and rich imagination of women's writing from the Meiji period to English-language readers. Along with traditional prose, the editors have chosen and carefully translated short stories, plays, poetry, speeches, essays, and personal journal entries. Selected readings include writings by

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The first anthology of its kind, The Modern Murasaki brings the vibrancy and rich imagination of women's writing from the Meiji period to English-language readers. Along with traditional prose, the editors have chosen and carefully translated short stories, plays, poetry, speeches, essays, and personal journal entries. Selected readings include writings by the public speaker Kishida Toshiko, the dramatist Hasegawa Shigure, the short-fiction writer Shimizu Shikin, the political writer Tamura Toshiko, and the novelists Miyake Kaho, Higuchi Ichiyo, Tazawa Inabune, Kitada Usurai, Nogami Yaeko, and Mizuno Senko. The volume also includes a thorough introduction to each reading, an extensive index listing historical, social, and literary concepts, and a comprehensive guide to further research.

The fierce tenor and bold content of these texts refute the popular belief that women of this era were passive and silent. A vital addition to courses in women's studies and Japanese literature and history, The Modern Murasaki is a singular resource for students and scholars.

Columbia University Press

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Monumenta Nipponica - Reiko Abe Auestad

An invaluable source of inspiration.

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[The Modern Murasaki] will be of considerable value... Highly recommended.

Monumenta Nipponica
An invaluable source of inspiration.

— Reiko Abe Auestad

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231137744
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
11/07/2006
Series:
Asia Perspectives: History, Society, and Culture Series
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Sally Hastings

This volume is a valuable contribution to the field of Japanese studies. The selections are excellent, as is the quality of the translation. Although the editors and authors are scholars of literature, they have selected for translation the very texts that historians would most like to see. These translations are the opening wedge that allows us to think beyond the stereotypical images of women in Meiji Japan.

Jan Bardsley

The Modern Murasaki ensures that future discussions of Meiji literature in the English-speaking world cannot ignore the presence of women writers and readers. The volume's accessible style and the liveliness of the translations will win readers with a general interest in Japan or, more broadly, in women's writing in Asia.

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