Bad Girls of Japan by Laura Miller, Jan Bardsley

By Laura Miller, Jan Bardsley

Are undesirable women casualties of patriarchy, an important evil, or visionary pioneers? by means of tracing the concept that of the undesirable lady in Japan as a made of particular cultural assumptions and ancient settings, undesirable women of Japan maps new roads and outdated detours in revealing a disorderly politics of gender. The essays discover deviancy in richly different media. Mountain witches, murderers, functionality artists, cartoonists, schoolgirls, and consumers long past wild are all a part of the terrain.

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14. Elizabeth Wilson, “The Female Body as a Source of Horror and Insight in PostAshokan Indian Buddhism,” in Religious Reflections on the Human Body, ed. Jane Marie Law (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995), 78. 30 REBECCA COPELAND 15. Blacker, The Catalpa Bow, 30. 16. Michiko Y. Aoki, “Empress Jingl: The Shamaness Ruler,” in Heroic with Grace: Legendary Women of Japan, ed. E. , 1991), 24. 17. Accounts of the yamamba are found in folktales and in tales for children. They appear in the Konjaku monogatari (Tales of Times Now Past, ca.

Much as the female shaman was deprived of her active role, the female deity, Izanami, was silenced, her words appropriated nearly verbatim by her male partner. ” Her cavernous body—dark and engulfing—housed the underworld with its circular mysteries of death and terror. Confined though she was to a subterranean world, even so the MYTHICAL BAD GIRLS 21 female principle refused containment or contentment. The excesses of her body— with its secretions and flows—constantly threaten to leak beyond its borders and endanger the stability of the masculine order.

Is taken directly from Yosano Akiko’s rousing poem “The Day When Mountains Moved,” which appeared in the inaugural issue of the feminist journal Seitk (Bluestocking), September 1, 1911. ” MYTHICAL BAD GIRLS 31 32. For more on Hiratsuka Raichk and this inaugural issue of Seitk, refer to Jan Bardsley, The Bluestockings of Japan: New Women Fiction and Essays from Seitk, 1911–1916 (Ann Arbor, MI: Center for Japanese Studies, 2005). For more on Yosano Akiko (1878–1942), refer to Janine Beichman, Embracing the Firebird: Yosano Akiko and the Rebirth of the Female Voice in Modern Japanese Poetry (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2002).

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