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Women’S Travel Narratives In Early Modern Japan: Genre Imperatives, Gender Consciousness, And Status Questioning, Laura Nenzi Dec 2005

Women’S Travel Narratives In Early Modern Japan: Genre Imperatives, Gender Consciousness, And Status Questioning, Laura Nenzi

Laura Nenzi

Although the topic of travel and travel writing by Chinese and Japanese writers has recently begun to attract more interest among scholars in the West, it remains largely virgin terrain with vast tracts awaiting scholarly examination. This book offers insights into how East Asians traveled in the early modern and modern periods, what they looked for, what they felt comfortable finding, and the ways in which they wrote up their impressions of these experiences.


To Ise At All Costs: Religious And Economic Implications Of Early Modern Nukemairi, Laura Nenzi Dec 2005

To Ise At All Costs: Religious And Economic Implications Of Early Modern Nukemairi, Laura Nenzi

Laura Nenzi

If pilgrimages are ideal platforms for contention, nowhere more than in early modern nukemairi did tensions come to the fore so prominently, and contrasting interests clash so stridently. This article looks at Edo-period (1600-1868) unauthorized pilgrimages to highlight the inherent disjunctions between the interests of the individual and those of the community, and between the priorities of faith and the practical necessities of the economy. It also follows the evolution of nukemairi over time by looking at the repercussions that the fiscal reforms of the late eighteenth century had on the identification of travelers as "runaways."