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Recreating Japanese Women, 1600-1945.

By: Bernstein, Gail Lee.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, 1991Edition: 1.Description: 1 online resource (353 p.).ISBN: 9780520910188.Subject(s): Feminism - Japan - History | Feminism - Japan - History | Women - Employment - Japan - History | Women - Japan - History | Women-- Japan-- HistoryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Recreating Japanese Women, 1600-1945DDC classification: 305.42/0952 | 305.420 | 305.420952 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Contents; Preface; Introduction; PART ONE: WOMEN AND THE FAMILY: 1600-1868; 1. Women and Changes in the Household Division of Labor; 2. The Life Cycle of Farm Women in Tokugawa Japan; 3. The Deaths of Old Women: Folklore and Differential Mortality in Nineteenth-Century Japan; 4. The Shingaku Woman: Straight from the Heart; 5. Female Bunjin: The Life of Poet-Painter Ema Saikö; 6. Women in an All-Male Industry: The Case of Sake Brewer Tatsu'uma Kiyo; PART TWO: THE MODERN DISCOURSE ON FAMILY, GENDER, AND WORK: 1868-1945; 7. The Meiji State's Policy Toward Women, 1890-1910
8. Yosano Akiko and the Taisho Debate over the "New Woman"9. Middle-Class Working Women During the Interwar Years; 10. Activism Among Women in the Taisho Cotton Textile Industry; 11. The Modern Girl as Militant; 12. Doubling Expectations: Motherhood and Women's Factory Work Under State Management in Japan in the 1930s and 1940s; 13. Women and War: The Japanese Film Image; Afterword; Glossary; A; B; C; D; G; H; I; J; K; M; O; R; S; T; V; Contributors; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z
Summary: In thirteen wide-ranging essays, scholars and students of Asian and women''s studies will find a vivid exploration of how female roles and feminine identity have evolved over 350 years, from the Tokugawa era to the end of World War II. Starting from the premise that gender is not a biological given, but is socially constructed and culturally transmitted, the authors describe the forces of change in the construction of female gender and explore the gap between the ideal of womanhood and the reality of Japanese women''s lives. Most of all, the contributors speak to the diversity that has characterized women''s experience in Japan. This is an imaginative, pioneering work, offering an interdisciplinary approach that will encourage a reconsideration of the paradigms of women''s history, hitherto rooted in the Western experience.
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Contents; Preface; Introduction; PART ONE: WOMEN AND THE FAMILY: 1600-1868; 1. Women and Changes in the Household Division of Labor; 2. The Life Cycle of Farm Women in Tokugawa Japan; 3. The Deaths of Old Women: Folklore and Differential Mortality in Nineteenth-Century Japan; 4. The Shingaku Woman: Straight from the Heart; 5. Female Bunjin: The Life of Poet-Painter Ema Saikö; 6. Women in an All-Male Industry: The Case of Sake Brewer Tatsu'uma Kiyo; PART TWO: THE MODERN DISCOURSE ON FAMILY, GENDER, AND WORK: 1868-1945; 7. The Meiji State's Policy Toward Women, 1890-1910

8. Yosano Akiko and the Taisho Debate over the "New Woman"9. Middle-Class Working Women During the Interwar Years; 10. Activism Among Women in the Taisho Cotton Textile Industry; 11. The Modern Girl as Militant; 12. Doubling Expectations: Motherhood and Women's Factory Work Under State Management in Japan in the 1930s and 1940s; 13. Women and War: The Japanese Film Image; Afterword; Glossary; A; B; C; D; G; H; I; J; K; M; O; R; S; T; V; Contributors; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z

In thirteen wide-ranging essays, scholars and students of Asian and women''s studies will find a vivid exploration of how female roles and feminine identity have evolved over 350 years, from the Tokugawa era to the end of World War II. Starting from the premise that gender is not a biological given, but is socially constructed and culturally transmitted, the authors describe the forces of change in the construction of female gender and explore the gap between the ideal of womanhood and the reality of Japanese women''s lives. Most of all, the contributors speak to the diversity that has characterized women''s experience in Japan. This is an imaginative, pioneering work, offering an interdisciplinary approach that will encourage a reconsideration of the paradigms of women''s history, hitherto rooted in the Western experience.

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Bernstein presents an excellent introduction establishing the historical background and social settings for these 13 studies and expertly integrates their diverse foci and approaches. Part 1 consists of essays on the division of labor in the household; the flexible and varied life cycle of farm women; the death of old women; women disciples of the Confucian school of Shingaku; poet-painter Ema Saiko; and a woman in the all-male sake-brewing industry. Part 2 contains essays on the Meiji State's policy toward women, guided by its objective of industrialization; Yosano Akiko, a poet and proponent of the ^D["New Woman^D]"; middle-class working women in the interwar years; growing consciousness of women in the Taisho textile industry; the independent-minded ^D["Modern Girl^D]"; motherhood and women's factory work in the 1930s and 1940s; and women in wartime films. There is some unevenness in content and analytical acuity but in general, this is a rich collection--essays are well researched, well written, and persuasively argued. Upper-division undergraduates and above.

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