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The Other Women's Lib: Gender and Body in Japanese Women's Fiction

Julia C. Bullock


This book provides the first systematic analysis of Japanese literary feminist discourse of the 1960s—a full decade before the “women's lib” movement emerged in Japan. It highlights the work of three well-known female fiction writers of this generation (Kōno Taeko, Takahashi Takako, and Kurahashi Yumiko) for their avant-garde literary challenges to dominant models of femininity. Focusing on four tropes persistently employed by these writers to protest oppressive gender stereotypes—the disciplinary masculine gaze, feminist misogyny, “odd bodies,” and female homoeroticism—the book brings to the ... More

Keywords: feminist discourse, Japanese literature, female fiction writers, Kōno Taeko, Takahashi Takako, Kurahashi Yumiko, femininity, gender stereotypes, female body, feminist philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780824833879
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824833879.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julia C. Bullock, author
Emory University