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Author Nenzi, Laura.

Title Excursions in identity : travel and the intersection of place, gender, and status in Edo Japan / Laura Nenzi
Published Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, [2008]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 260 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Introduction: everything flows -- pt. 1. Re-creating spaces. Maps, movements, and the malleable spaces of Edo Japan -- At the intersection of travel and gender -- pt. 2. Re-creating identities. Women on the road: identities in motion -- Palimpsests: the open road and the blank page -- pt. 3. Purchasing re-creation. Print matters: popularizing past and present -- Icons of escapism -- Bodies, brothels, and baths: travel and physical re-creation -- Conclusion: dreaming of walking near Fuji
Summary "In the Edo period (1600-1868), status- and gender-based expectations largely defined a person's place and identity in society. The wayfarers of the time, however, discovered that travel provided the opportunity to escape from the confines of the everyday. Cultured travelers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries wrote travel memoirs to celebrate their profession as belle-lettrists. For women in particular the open road and the blank page of the diary offered a precious opportunity to create personal hierarchies defined less by gender and more by culture and refinement. After the mid-eighteenth century - which saw the popularization of culture and the rise of commercial printing - textbooks, guides, comical fiction, and woodblock prints allowed not a few commoners to acquaint themselves with the historical, lyrical, or artistic pedigree of Japan's famous sites. By identifying themselves with famous literary and historical icons of the past, some among these erudite commoners saw an opportunity to rewrite their lives and re-create their identities in the pages of their travel diaries."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-248) and index
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Subject Travelers' writings, Japanese -- History and criticism.
Japan -- Description and travel.
Japan -- Social conditions -- 1600-1868.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2007048453
ISBN 0824831179 (hbk. ; alk. paper)
0824862430 (electronic bk.)
1441656936 (electronic bk.)
9780824831172 (hbk. ; alk. paper)
9780824862435 (electronic bk.)
9781441656933 (electronic bk.)