The Weak Body of a Useless Woman

Author: Anne Walthall
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226872351
Release Date: 1998-11-15
Genre: History

In 1862, fifty-one-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 (1603-1868), 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.

A Companion to Japanese History

Author: William M. Tsutsui
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470751381
Release Date: 2008-04-15
Genre: History

A Companion to Japanese History provides an authoritative overview of current debates and approaches within the study of Japan’s history. Composed of 30 chapters written by an international group of scholars Combines traditional perspectives with the most recent scholarly concerns Supplements a chronological survey with targeted thematic analyses Presents stimulating interventions into individual controversies

Recreating Japanese Men

Author: Sabine Frühstück
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520950320
Release Date: 2011-10-04
Genre: Social Science

The essays in this groundbreaking book explore the meanings of manhood in Japan from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries. Recreating Japanese Men examines a broad range of attitudes regarding properly masculine pursuits and modes of behavior. It charts breakdowns in traditional and conventional societal roles and the resulting crises of masculinity. Contributors address key questions about Japanese manhood ranging from icons such as the samurai to marginal men including hermaphrodites, robots, techno-geeks, rock climbers, shop clerks, soldiers, shoguns, and more. In addition to bringing historical evidence to bear on definitions of masculinity, contributors provide fresh analyses on the ways contemporary modes and styles of masculinity have affected Japanese men’s sense of gender as authentic and stable.

Visual Genesis of Japanese National Identity

Author: Ewa Machotka
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 9052014825
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Art

"Visual Genesis of Japanese National Identity "offers an entirely new perspective on the concept of constructing nation-states. The book explores the nature of national identity constructs produced in pre-modern Japan by examining two aspects of its cultural production, the sphere of fine arts and the sphere of literature intertwined with a genre of poetry pictorialization. The discussion is centered on the artistic practice of Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) and contextualizes his woodblock print series entitled "Hyakunin isshu uba ga etoki "in a wider perspective of Japanese historical, political, social, cultural and artistic phenomena emerging prior to the birth of the modern Japanese nation. Hokusai's work, oscillating between the domain of text and the domain of image, transposes the classical Japanese poetry into late Edo period (1603-1868) popular culture. Machotka argues that in the process of text/image translation Hokusai projected a new image of -Japaneseness-, thereby contributing to the development of national identity prior to the emergence of Japan as a modern nation-state."

Servants of the Dynasty

Author: Anne Walthall
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520254435
Release Date: 2008-06-10
Genre: History

Mothers, wives, concubines, entertainers, attendants, officials, maids, drudges. By offering the first comparative view of the women who lived, worked, and served in royal courts around the globe, this work opens a new perspective on the monarchies that have dominated much of human history. Written by leading historians, anthropologists, and archeologists, these lively essays take us from Mayan states to twentieth-century Benin in Nigeria, to the palace of Japanese Shoguns, the Chinese Imperial courts, eighteenth-century Versailles, Mughal India, and beyond. Together they investigate how women's roles differed, how their roles changed over time, and how their histories can illuminate the structures of power and societies in which they lived. This work also furthers our understanding of how royal courts, created to project the authority of male rulers, maintained themselves through the reproductive and productive powers of women.

Japanese Women Fiction Writers

Author: Carol Fairbanks
ISBN: UVA:X004553562
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Literary Criticism

This study provides annotations for three hundred translated works of fiction by 97 Japanese women writers from the 1890s to the 1990s. Also included are 600 annotations of articles, books, and reviews that cover biographical and critical materials, and a 100 page glossary providing definitions, background information, and suggestions for future reading and research.


Author: Laura Nenz Detto Nenzi
ISBN: STANFORD:36105120022616
Release Date: 2004
Genre: History

Women and Class in Japanese History

Author: Hitomi Tonomura
Publisher: University of Michigan Center for
ISBN: STANFORD:36105023632495
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Social Science

Women and Class in Japanese History marks an important moment not only in the study of gender and women in Japanese society but also in the development of collaborative efforts between Japanese and Western scholars on the subject. It is a product of half a decade of international seminars and discussions held among scholars of various disciplines and perspectives who share the goal of promoting a better understanding of the historical and contemporary constructions of gender in Japan. Their conclusions, presented in the fourteen essays in this volume, will attract people interested both in the history of Japan and the history of women.

A Companion to Gender History

Author: Teresa A. Meade
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470692820
Release Date: 2008-04-15
Genre: Social Science

A Companion to Gender History surveys the history of women around the world, studies their interaction with men in gendered societies, and looks at the role of gender in shaping human behavior over thousands of years. An extensive survey of the history of women around the world, their interaction with men, and the role of gender in shaping human behavior over thousands of years. Discusses family history, the history of the body and sexuality, and cultural history alongside women’s history and gender history. Considers the importance of class, region, ethnicity, race and religion to the formation of gendered societies. Contains both thematic essays and chronological-geographic essays. Gives due weight to pre-history and the pre-modern era as well as to the modern era. Written by scholars from across the English-speaking world and scholars for whom English is not their first language.

The Journal of Japanese Studies

ISBN: UOM:39015063380516
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Japan

A multidisciplinary forrum for communicating new information, new interpretations, and recent research results concerning Japan to the English-reading world.