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Rewriting Medieval Japanese WomenPolitics, Personality, and Literary Production in the Life of Nun Abutsu$
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Christina Laffin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835651

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835651.001.0001

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Politics and Poetry

Politics and Poetry

Diary of the Sixteenth Night Moon as a Literary Appeal

(p.136) Chapter 5 Politics and Poetry
Rewriting Medieval Japanese Women

Christina Laffin

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter chronicles Abutsu's journey from the capital to Kamakura and considers why she undertook this arduous and perhaps unnecessary trip to represent her interests in a legal case against her son-in-law. By recording her travel preparations, the sites along her route, and finally her period of residence in Kamakura, Abutsu asserts her moral stance as a widow and mother, her literary claim to the Mikohidari poetic lineage, and her legal rights as a widow nun. The medium of a travel diary enables her to focus on the sacrifice she makes for her children and the legitimacy of her positionas Mikohidari poet and educator to the heirs of this lineage.

Keywords:   Nun Abutsu, Kamakura, medieval Japan, medieval women, Mikohidari poets, female poets, travel diary

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