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Gender and National Literature: Heian Texts in the Constructions of Japanese Modernity (Asia-Pacific)

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Boldly challenging traditional understandings of Heian literature, Tomiko Yoda reveals the connections between gender, nationalism, and cultural representation evident in prevailing interpretations of classic Heian texts. Renowned for the wealth and sophistication of womenandrsquo;s writing, the literature of the Heian period (794andndash;1192) has long been considered central to the Japanese literary canon and Japanese national identity. Yoda historicizes claims about the inherent femininity of this literature by revisiting key moments in the history of Japanese literary scholarship from the eighteenth century to the present. She argues that by foregrounding womenandrsquo;s voices in Heian literature, the discipline has repeatedly enacted the problematic modernizing gesture in which the andldquo;feminineandrdquo; is recognized, canceled, and then contained within a national framework articulated in masculine terms.

Moving back and forth between a critique of modern discourses on Heian literature and close analyses of the Heian texts themselves, Yoda sheds light on some of the most persistent interpretive models underwriting Japanese literary studies, particularly the modern paradigm of a masculine national subject. She proposes new directions for disciplinary critique and suggests that historicized understandings of premodern texts offer significant insights into contemporary feminist theories of subjectivity and agency.

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822331872
Editor:
Chow, Rey
Editor:
Harootunian, Harry D.
Editor:
Chow, Rey
Editor:
Harootunian, Harry D.
Author:
Yoda, Tomiko
Author:
Chow, Rey
Author:
Yoda
Author:
Harootunian, Harry
Author:
Masao Miyoshi
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
Women Authors
Subject:
Asian - General
Subject:
Asia - General
Subject:
Women and literature
Subject:
Feminism and literature
Subject:
Feminist literary criticism - Japan
Subject:
Japanese literature -- Women authors.
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Asia-Pacific: Culture, Politics, and Society
Publication Date:
20040331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 figures
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
9.62x5.78x.93 in. 1.15 lbs.

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