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In the Beginning, Woman Was the Sun: The Autobiography of a Japanese Feminist (Weatherhead Books on Asia) Paperback – March 30, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0231138130 ISBN-10: 023113813X
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This autobiography of Japan's foremost feminist presents a vivid portrait, rich in detail, of the education and everyday life for the daughter of a government bureaucrat growing up in Tokyo during the 1890s. Raicho Hiratsuka's transformation into an activist intellectual who, as the founding editor of the landmark journal Seito, recast the boundaries of feminist discourse deserves the widest possible readership in Japanese studies. Teruko Craig's admirably smooth and fluid translation is a pleasure to read and a major contribution to our field.

(Joan E. Ericson, associate professor of Japanese, Colorado College, and author of Be a Woman: Hayashi Fumiko and Modern Japanese Women's Literature)

Everyone interested in Japanese feminism owes Craig an immense debt of gratitude for choosing to undertake this translation, and for doing it so well... Essential.

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A tour de force of meticulous scholarship and exquisitely rendered English.

(Monumenta Nipponica 1900-01-00)

A significant contribution to Japanese Studies and to the study of feminist thought as a transnational phenomenon.

(Jan Bardsley Pacific Affairs 1900-01-00)

An absorbing read for Asian specialists and for general readers.

(Kathleen S. Uno The Journa of Asian Studies 1900-01-00)

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This book is fascinating for the light it sheds on a single family of the upper-middle social class in Meiji, Japan, and on the formative factors that led Raicho Hiratsuka to her later endeavors. The translation is excellent: it reads smoothly and Craig seems able to convey Hiratsuka's individual voice.

(Laurel Rasplica Rodd, professor of Japanese, University of Colorado)
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  • Series: Weatherhead Books on Asia
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (March 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 023113813X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231138130
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Z.A. Mrefu on November 7, 2013
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This is an important primary source related to the early women's movement in Japan. Raicho was the founder of the Bluestocking Society and the Bluestocking Journal, which was later edited by the famous anarcha-feminist revolutionary Ito Noe.
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The autobiography of an amazing woman---a must review for feminists around the world.
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