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Rewriting Medieval Japanese Women: Politics, Personality, and Literary Production in the Life of Nun Abutsu

Christina Laffin

Abstract

This book explores the world of thirteenth-century Japan through the life of a prolific noblewoman known as Nun Abutsu (1225–1283). Abutsu crossed gender and genre barriers by writing the first career guide for Japanese noblewomen, the first female-authored poetry treatise, and the first poetic travelogue by a woman—all despite the increasingly limited social mobility for women during the Kamakura era (1185–1336). Capitalizing on her literary talent and political prowess, Abutsu rose from middling origins and single-motherhood to a prestigious marriage and membership in an esteemed literary li ... More

Keywords: thirteenth-century Japan, Nun Abutsu, Japanese noblewomen, female poetry, gender barrier, travelogue, social mobility, Kamakura era, medieval women, literary writing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780824835651
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824835651.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christina Laffin, author
University of British Columbia