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The Chaos and Cosmos of Kurosawa TokikoOne Woman's Transit from Tokugawa to Meiji Japan$
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Laura Nenzi

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824839574

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824839574.001.0001

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The Chaos and Cosmos of Kurosawa Tokiko

Laura Nenzi

University of Hawai'i Press

Chronicles Tokiko’s incarceration with a focus on gender. For the authorities, Tokiko’s actions were doubly problematic, for they were politically subversive while also running against the normative behavior expected of women. To offset the interrogators’ anxiety Tokiko deployed portents as part of her defense strategy. Her experience illuminates the obstacles women faced when they acted against the grain even in the fluid climate of the late Tokugawa.

Keywords:   prison, gender, punishment, Tokugawa penal system, torture, Tokugawa Nariaki, comet

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