Japanese Women Novelists in the 20th Century: 104 Biographies, 1900-1993

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It was not until Kawabata Yasunari won the 1968 Nobel Prize for literature that the average Western reader became aware of contemporary Japanese literature. A few translations of writings by Japanese women have appeared lately, yet the West remains largely ignorant of this wide field. In this book Sachiko Schierbeck profiles the 104 female winners of prestigious literary prizes in Japan since the beginning of the century. It contains summaries of their selected works, and a bibliography of works translated into Western languages from 1900 to 1993. These works give insight into the minds and hearts of Japanese women and draw a truer picture of the conditions of Japanese community life than any sociological study would present. Schierbeck's 104 biographies constitute a useful reference work not only to students of literature but to anyone with an interest in women's studies, history or sociology.
 

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Contents

Foreword
9
Nogami Yaeko If J
29
Writers of social protests 1916 to 1930
40
Writers who explored selffulfillment and female sexuality
73
Hayashi Fumiko wn?
82
Yoshiya Nobuko mi?
93
Oohara Tomie W mft
100
Postwar writers who question the tradition 1945 to 1959
124
Tomioka Taeko mmM1f
234
Goo Shizuko mm
240
Yoshiyuki Rie TlM
247
Mukooda Kuniko fofflj
254
Masuda Mizuko mmr
260
Novelists who rewrite history and tales of heroes since 1950
267
Popular professional authors 1970s to 1980s
292
New writers since 1989
326

Experimental writers 1960 to 1970
168
Writers in the realisticnaturalistic tradition and satirical
195
Writers who explore the human psyche and the sense
215
Takahashi Takako mfctifr1?
223
22 profiles of additional writers
340
Reference books in the Western languages
353
Index of authors
377
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