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Excursions in Identity: Travel and the Intersection of Place, Gender, and Status in Edo Japan

Laura Nenzi


In the Edo period (1600–1868), status-and gender-based expectations largely defined a person’s place and identity in society. The wayfarers of the time, however, discovered that travel provided the opportunity to escape from the confines of the everyday. Cultured travelers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries wrote travel memoirs to celebrate their profession as belle-lettrists. For women in particular the open road and the blank page offered an opportunity to create personal hierarchies defined less by gender and more by culture and refinement. After the mid-eighteenth century, textboo ... More

Keywords: Edo period, wayfarers, travel memoirs, recreational travel, commercial economy, travelers, travel diary

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780824831172
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824831172.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Nenzi, author
Florida International University