The Weak Body of a Useless Woman: Matsuo Taseko and the Meiji Restoration / Edition 1

The Weak Body of a Useless Woman: Matsuo Taseko and the Meiji Restoration / Edition 1

by Anne Walthall
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226872378

ISBN-13: 9780226872377

Pub. Date: 11/28/1998

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

In 1862, 51-year-old Matsuo Taseko left her old life behind by traveling to Kyoto, the old imperial capital. Peasant, poet, and local political activist, Taseko had come to Kyoto to support the nativist campaign to restore the Japanese emperor and expel Western "barbarians." Although she played a minor role in the events that led to the Meiji Restoration of 1868, her…  See more details below

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In 1862, 51-year-old Matsuo Taseko left her old life behind by traveling to Kyoto, the old imperial capital. Peasant, poet, and local political activist, Taseko had come to Kyoto to support the nativist campaign to restore the Japanese emperor and expel Western "barbarians." Although she played a minor role in the events that led to the Meiji Restoration of 1868, her actions were nonetheless astonishing for a woman of her day. Honored as a hero even before her death, Taseko has since been adopted as a patron saint by rightist nationalists.

In telling Taseko's story, Anne Walthall gives us not just the first full biography in English of a peasant woman of the Tokugawa period...but also fresh perspectives on the practices and intellectual concerns of rural entrepreneurs and their role in the Meiji Restoration. Writing about Taseko with a depth and complexity that has thus far been accorded only to men of that time, Walthall has uncovered a tale that will captivate anyone concerned with women's lives and with Japan's dramatic transition to modernity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226872377
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
11/28/1998
Series:
Women in Culture and Society Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
412
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Pt. ILife in the Ina Valley
1The Making of a Poet19
2Taseko's Political Heritage38
3Married Life58
4The Farm Family Economy81
5The Nativist Encounter100
6Nativist Texts and the Female Reader121
Pt. IIKyoto, 1862-1863
7Autumn in Arashiyama143
8A Peasant Woman at the Emperor's Court165
9Beheading Statues183
10Going Home203
Pt. IIITaseko and the Meiji Restoration
11On the Sidelines225
12Kyoto, 1868244
13Famous Friends261
14Political Intrigues and Conflicting Visions284
Pt. IVTaseko in Modern Japan
15Taseko in Old Age307
16Remembering Taseko329
Epilogue349
Notes355
Index403

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