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In the Beginning, Woman Was the Sun

The Autobiography of a Japanese Feminist

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In the Beginning, Woman Was the Sun by Raicho Hiratsuka
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"In the beginning, woman was truly the sun. An authentic person. Now she is the moon, a wan and sickly moon, dependent on another, reflecting another's brilliance."-Hiratsuku Raicho Raicho Hiratsuka (1886-1971) was the most influential figure in the early women's movement in Japan. In 1911, she founded Bluestocking (Seito), Japan's first literary journal run by women. In 1920, she founded the New Women's Association, Japan's first nationwide women's organization to campaign for female suffrage, and soon after World War II, the Japan Federation of Women's Organizations. Available for the first time in English, In the Beginning, Woman Was the Sun is Raicho Hiratsuka's autobiography of her childhood, early youth, and subsequent rebellion against the strict social codes of the time. Hiratsuka came from an upper-middle class Tokyo family, and her restless quest for truth led her to read widely in philosophy and undertake Zen training at Japan Woman's College. After graduation, she gained brief notoriety for her affair with a married writer, but quickly established herself as a brilliant and articulate leader of feminist causes with the launch of the journal Seito. Her richly detailed account presents a woman who was at once idealistic and elitist, fearless and vain, and a perceptive observer of society. Teruko Craig's translation captures Hiratsuka's strong personality and distinct voice. At a time when interest in Japanese feminism is growing in the West, there is no finer introduction to Japanese women's history than this intimate, candid, and compelling memoir.

Author Biography

Teruko Craig is senior lecturer emerita of Tufts University and an associate in research at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese studies, Harvard University.
Release date Australia
March 5th, 2010
Contributor
Translated by Teruko Craig
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
Columbia University Press
Pages
432
Dimensions
155x235x23
ISBN-13
9780231138130
Product ID
4017275

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