It is impossible to thank all the people who should receive thanks for a project of this length. Personally and professionally, I’ve benefited from the guidance and support of far too many to acknowledge here. I only hope that they will see their imprint in my work and feel that it does them justice.
I’ve been fortunate to have three intellectual homes during the course of my work on this project: Stanford University, where I earned my PhD; Jōsai International University, where I did my dissertation fieldwork; and Emory University, which has supported my academic career since. The Department of Asian Languages and the Center for East Asian Studies at Stanford provided numerous sources of funding early on. A generous grant from the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad program allowed me to spend a year at Jōsai, in the company of brilliant feminist scholars of literature who helped me to clarify the contours of this project from its earliest stages. I am especially grateful for that opportunity. I’ve also benefited tremendously from the considerable financial support of Emory University, particularly the University Research Committee (URC), whose grant provided me with a semester of leave to work on this project when I needed it most, and the Emory College of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School, whose subvention fund underwrote some of the costs of publication of this book. The Institute for Comparative and International Studies (ICIS) also provided funding for two research trips to Japan to collect valuable materials unavailable to me in the United States. Finally, I must thank the Scholarly Inquiry and Research at Emory (SIRE) program for providing me with a wonderful student research assistant, Siobhain Rivera, who patiently combed through databases, made endless photocopies, organized files, and lugged books back and forth to the library more times than I can recall. I owe particular thanks and kudos to her.
(p.viii) I’ve also had the benefit of so many brilliant and supportive colleagues that I’m almost afraid to list them for fear of leaving someone out, and yet conscience obliges me to give particular thanks to the following: to Jim Reichert, for going above and beyond the call of duty as dissertation adviser by providing a model of scholar, teacher, and advocate that I could only hope to replicate in my own career; to Mizuta Noriko and Kitada Sachie, whose support meant more than they could possibly know or I could ever express; and to Juliette Apkarian, Elena Glazov-Corrigan, Cheryl Crowley, Lynne Huffer, and Mark Ravina for nurturing my development as a junior colleague and for making Emory feel like more than just an academic home. Jeffrey Angles, Jan Bardsley, Rebecca Copeland, Sally Hastings, Vera Mackie, Mark McLelland, Sharalyn Orbaugh, Atsuko Sakaki, Chris Scott, Bob Tierney, James Welker, and many others generously commented, encouraged, and especially challenged me at crucial junctures when this manuscript was finally coming together, and I hope that I have been able to do justice to a fraction of the intelligence that they have brought to the evaluation of my work. I owe a similar debt of gratitude to two anonymous reviewers, whose insightful comments made this project much better than I could have managed on my own. Thanks to all of you for your thoughtful feedback. Any remaining deficiencies are entirely my responsibility.
Personally, I’ve also been extremely fortunate to feel supported by family and friends, even when (especially when?) they found it difficult to understand what all the fuss was about. To my family—my mother, father, and sister, as well as the newest addition to our family, my niece Riley Marie—I thank you for indulging me through all those times when I was tired, cranky, or otherwise too involved with this project to be a good daughter/sister/aunt. I promise there is a vacation in our future somewhere. And yes, I’ll actually join you this time. I am also humbled to recognize more friends than I can list here, for their support through times when this felt harder than it really needed to be. First of all, to Dave, who never let me get away with it when I tried to sell myself short. Jules, Vanessa, Pam, Tavishi, and Emiko led by example, just by being amazing women who inspired me to keep on going, even when I didn’t feel like it. As new friends enter my life, I will try to remember to give as much to them as they did to me.