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Excursions in IdentityTravel and the Intersection of Place, Gender, and Status in Edo Japan$
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Laura Nenzi

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824831172

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824831172.001.0001

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Women on the Road

Women on the Road

Identities in Motion

(p.71) Chapter 3 Women on the Road
Excursions in Identity

Laura Nenzi

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on how malleable spaces of travel sustained many women’s attempts to redefine their personas. Along the road, women could subtly call into question some of the parameters by which their lives and roles were delineated and rearrange them along different trajectories in the pages of their memoirs. However, before they could accomplish this, they needed to find a way to detach themselves from the spaces they had been permanently assigned. This was no easy task for both legal codes and social expectations tended to either confine women or to regulate their movements meticulously. To these enduring attempts to micromanage their movements, many female travelers responded with subterfuge.

Keywords:   travel, legal codes, social expectations, female travelers

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