By Laura Miller, Jan Bardsley (eds.)
Are undesirable ladies casualties of patriarchy, an important evil, or visionary pioneers? The authors during this quantity suggest shifts in our perceptions of undesirable women by means of delivering new how one can comprehend them during the case of Japan. via tracing the concept that of the undesirable woman as a made of particular cultural assumptions and ancient settings, undesirable women of Japan maps new roads and previous detours in revealing a disorderly politics of gender. undesirable ladies of Japan explores deviancy in richly various media: mountain witches, murderers, functionality artists, cartoonists, schoolgirls and consumers long past wild are all a part of the terrain.
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Is taken directly from Yosano Akiko’s rousing poem “The Day When Mountains Moved,” which appeared in the inaugural issue of the feminist journal Seitk (Bluestocking), September 1, 1911. ” MYTHICAL BAD GIRLS 31 32. For more on Hiratsuka Raichk and this inaugural issue of Seitk, refer to Jan Bardsley, The Bluestockings of Japan: New Women Fiction and Essays from Seitk, 1911–1916 (Ann Arbor, MI: Center for Japanese Studies, 2005). For more on Yosano Akiko (1878–1942), refer to Janine Beichman, Embracing the Firebird: Yosano Akiko and the Rebirth of the Female Voice in Modern Japanese Poetry (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2002).
The Snake The yamamba is easy to fear, but not so a lovely young woman. Or is she? The tale of Dkjkji reveals that if a wretched hag harbors the promise of evil, a beautiful female would prove more vicious. Of the three stories presented here, the Dkjkji tale is the most complex. Like that of the yamamba, it exists as folk tale, didactic anecdote, and dramatic performance. Its variants are richly complicated and so diverse that they defy easy summation. The following presents only a portion of the Dkjkji tale.
Romantics slipped away to the mountains to escape the prying eyes and stuffy strictures of society. Home to the subterranean world of Yomi, mountains represent that which is unbounded, dangerous, and always just beyond. In many ways in the mountains, and in the female body inscribed upon it, spirituality and the sexuality become entangled, inverted, and doubly enticing. All the fears and desires of humankind are projected on the female form, and she comes to embody the seductive desire for the uncivilized, liberated, uncontained, the yawning abyss of nothingness.