Response to lecture on Women writers in Japan

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Response to lecture on Women writers in Japan By KiHyun (James) Kwon After reading A Woman Writer by Tamura Toshiko, a lot of history rushed into my head. I was just recently introduced to the concepts and the basic background information on the Meiji period. However, even though there were a lot of deep meanings in the story, I was able to absorb the immense amount of facts given by the guest speaker. I lived more than half of my life in Korea and looked for similarity between the two neighboring countries. However, the women and their role in the Japanese literature society I felt were unique. For one, the days of technology and westernization came much earlier for Japan then Korea. Women in Korea during the Meiji era in Japan were almost servant-like and had almost no status in the society. They had no influence in the Korean literature. However, the fact that
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Unformatted text preview: there were Japanese woman writers that early on surprised me. Although they were tortured with limitation in what they can write and their little catch-22 on what they can write, the Japanese woman writers were still allowed to write whatever they wanted. That was one of the thoughts that flowed through my mind during the lecture. To convey the hardships of woman writers, Toshiko did a great job of building up the mask/make-up symbolism. After getting critiqued by men for not writing like a woman, Toshiko writes a story of a story of the writer herself. This, I thought, was a very absurd yet effective approach to the men critiques and other woman writers....
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This lab report was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course JAPANESE 333C taught by Professor Brecher during the Spring '07 term at Washington University in St. Louis.

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