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Gender and National Literature [electronic resource] : Heian Texts in the Constructions of Japanese Modernity

By: Yoda, Tomiko.
Contributor(s): Chow, Rey | Harootunian, Harry | Miyoshi, Masao.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Asia-Pacific: Culture, Politics, and Society: Publisher: Durham : Duke University Press, 2004Description: 1 online resource (295 p.).ISBN: 9780822385875.Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Gender and National Literature : Heian Texts in the Constructions of Japanese ModernityDDC classification: 895.6/099287/0902 LOC classification: PL726PL726.26.W64Y63 2004Online resources: Click here to access online
Contents:
Contents; Acknowledgments; Note to the Reader; Introduction; 1.The Feminization of Heian and Eighteenth-Century Poetics ; 2. Gender and the Nationalization of Literature; 3. Women and the Emergence of Heian Kana Writing; 4. Politics and Poetics in The Tale of Genji; 5. Tokieda's Imperial Subject and the Textual Turn in Heian Literary Studies; 6. Gender and Heian Narrative Form; Epilogue: Heian Texts and Feminist Subjects; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary: This work presents a new understanding of the way that classic works of Japanese literature have been received and understood within the framework of national literature studies in Japan.
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Contents; Acknowledgments; Note to the Reader; Introduction; 1.The Feminization of Heian and Eighteenth-Century Poetics ; 2. Gender and the Nationalization of Literature; 3. Women and the Emergence of Heian Kana Writing; 4. Politics and Poetics in The Tale of Genji; 5. Tokieda's Imperial Subject and the Textual Turn in Heian Literary Studies; 6. Gender and Heian Narrative Form; Epilogue: Heian Texts and Feminist Subjects; Notes; Bibliography; Index

This work presents a new understanding of the way that classic works of Japanese literature have been received and understood within the framework of national literature studies in Japan.

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This exhaustively researched study asks how feminist scholarship can intervene in the critical approaches to classical literature within Japan that already recognize and valorize within a context of national identity the contribution of women writers. To provide the context for her "intervention," Yoda masterfully summarizes the critical arguments of writers as diverse as Motoori Norinaga and the influential linguistic scholar Tokieda Motoki. Her concise and fair assessments of Japanese literary scholarship from the early modern period to the present make this study valuable to any reader wanting to understand the most important currents in classical literary criticism within Japan. Yoda's main argument is that the "self" performed by Heian women writers in literary texts should not be confused with a modern sense of self. Her close readings of poetry exchanges in the Genji monogatari and the text of the Kager nikki convincingly support her contention. Though the opaque cultural studies style of the book's opening and closing may frustrate some readers, particularly undergraduates, the core of this work is clear and insightful. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. S. Arntzen University of Toronto

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<p>Tomiko Yoda is Associate Professor in the Department of Asian and African Languages and the Program in Literature at Duke University.</p>

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