Literary Creations on the Road: Women's Travel Diaries in Early Modern Japan
Literary Creations on the Road: Women's Travel Diaries in Early Modern Japan

Literary Creations on the Road: Women's Travel Diaries in Early Modern Japan

by Keiko Shiba

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Literary Creations on the Road: Women's Travel Diaries in Early Modern Japan by Keiko Shiba

Keiko Shiba, a noted researcher in early modern Japanese history, has spent years collecting hundreds of travel diaries written by women during the reign of the Tokugawa shogunate (17th through mid-19th centuries). The fruit of her research, originally published in Japanese, is now available in an English translation by Motoko Ezaki, with notes provided for general English readers. Shiba intersperses her narration abundantly with excerpts from the actual travel diaries; the book therefore is an invaluable source that offers us direct access to the individual voices of a large number of Tokugawa women, who energetically composed prose and poetry while traveling, sometimes in collaboration with their male companions. This work also sheds new light on women’s literary activities in early modern Japan, which are still noticeably understudied compared to other genres of Japanese literary history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761856689
Publisher: UPA
Publication date: 10/23/2012
Pages: 156
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Keiko Shiba is an historian and author specializing in women’s literary activities during Japan’s early modern period. She is particularly renowned in the area of women’s travel diaries.
Motoko Ezaki is assistant professor at Occidental College where she teaches Japanese language and literature. Her areas of interest include semantics, pragmatics, and literature of early modern to contemporary Japan.

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Shiba’s accomplishment in amplifying our knowledge of the Edo period is immense, and Dr. Motoko Ezaki’s meticulous translation will throw new light on the era, supplying much-needed notes that aid English readers who may not be familiar with the places, people, and various facts of the period discussed in Shiba's book.…Ezaki possesses a combination of truly educated fluency in Japanese, deep relevant knowledge, and crisp and lucid expression in English, which is rare in the field of Japanese studies. Ezaki has given us a superb work of translation and explanation. —Aki Hirota, California State University, Northridge; recipient of the Japan Translation Culture

Readers in the English-speaking world have long known about Basho and his poetic travel diaries. But he was not alone on those Edo period highways, and many of his fellow-travelers were women. Their remarkable narratives and poetry have largely been unavailable in English until now. With this fine new translation of Keiko Shiba's pioneering study of women's travel diaries, we finally learn how the Edo female writer had a road of her own. —Michael K. Bourdaghs, The University of Chicago, author of The Dawn That Never Comes: Shimazaki Toson and Japanese Nationalism

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