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A Woman's Critique of Male Academics in Early Nineteenth Century Japan

07.07.2004 | 6:30 p.m.

Bettina Gramlich-Oka, Tübingen University/Wesleyan University CT

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Women of the Tokugawa period (1600-1868) are not well known from the position of their own agency. The poet and philosopher Tadano Makuzu (1763-1825) is one of the few women of this period whose works offer us a stimulating account of how they experienced and considered their environment.

In my presentation I introduce the views of a woman who refused to be limited by gender boundaries that precluded women from participating in intellectual discussion. Makuzu observed her contemporary society as a male-centered and male-dominant society, but also as a society with an ambiguous gender discourse that sanctioned a dismembering of this very discourse. In her work she sets herself apart as an idiosyncratic thinker that calls for our reconsideration of the early modern period.

Bettina Gramlich-Oka is affiliated with Tuebingen University and, beginning in the fall, with Wesleyan University/CT.

Koordination: Sven Saaler; Andrea Germer

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