The Woman's Hand: Gender and Theory in Japanese Women's Writing

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Overview

This volume has a dual purpose. As a study of Japanese literature, it aims to define the state of Japanese literary studies in the field of women's writing and to point to directions for future research and inquiry. As a study of women's writing, it presents cross-cultural interpretations of Japanese material of relevance to contemporary work in gender studies and comparative literature. The essays demonstrate various critical approaches to the tradition of Japanese women's writing--from a consideration of theoretical issues of gendered writing in classical and modern literature to a consideration of the themes and styles of a number of important contemporary writers.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780804727235
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Pages: 533
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author


Paul Gordon Schalow is Associate Professor of Japanese Literature at Rutgers University. He is the translator of Ihara Saikaku's The Great Mirror of Male Love (Stanford, 1990). Janet A. Walker is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Rutgers University. She is the author of The Japanese Novel of the Meiji Period and the Ideal of Individualism.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Contributors
Introduction 1
1 Special Address: Without Beginning, Without End 19
2 The Tosa Diary: In the Interstices of Gender and Criticism 41
3 The Origins of the Concept of "Women's Literature" 74
4 The Body in Contemporary Japanese Women's Fiction 119
5 Translation and Reproduction in Enchi Fumiko's "A Bond for Two Lifetimes - Gleanings" 165
6 The Quest for Jouissance in Takahashi Takako's Texts 205
7 In Pursuit of the Yamamba: The Question of Female Resistance 239
8 Hayashi Kyoko and the Gender of Ground Zero 262
9 Becoming or (Un)Becoming: The Female Destiny Reconsidered in Oba Minako's Narratives 293
10 In Search of a Lost Paradise: The Wandering Woman in Hayashi Fumiko's Drifting Clouds 329
11 Text Versus Commentary: Struggles over the Cultural Meanings of "Woman" 352
12 Connaissance delicieuse, or the Science of Jealousy: Tsushima Yuko's "The Chrysanthemum Beetle" 382
13 Power and Gender in the Narratives of Yamada Eimi 425
Selected Bibliography of Japanese Women's Writing 461
Index 495
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