Edo-Era Women's History : A Review of Recent Work in English

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This essay reviews recent trends in the study of Edo-era women's history by English-language scholars. It focuses in particular on four recent biographies of Edo-era women. While three of the four women portrayed in these books gained some fame in Japan for their notable acts, the English-language biographers are more interested in the broader questions of class and gender revealed by these women's lives. All four biographies emphasize the agency of their subjects despite limitations imposed by class and gender expectations. Using the details of these women's lives, the authors shine a critical light on assumptions that might go unquestioned in more traditional historical approaches.

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  • 世界の日本研究 = JAPANESE STUDIES AROUND THE WORLD

    世界の日本研究 = JAPANESE STUDIES AROUND THE WORLD (2020), 85-98, 2021-03-31

    International Research Center for Japanese Studies

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