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The Sarashina Diary: A Woman's Life in Eleventh-Century Japan


A thousand years ago, a young Japanese girl embarked on a journey from the wild East Country to the capital. She began a diary that she would continue to write for the next forty years and compile later in life, bringing lasting prestige to her family. Some aspects of the her life and text seem curiously modern. She married at age thirty-three and identified herself as a reader and writer more than as a wife and mother. Enthralled by romantic fiction, she wrote extensively about the disillusioning blows that reality can deal to fantasy. This book is a portrait of the writer as reader and an ex ... More

Keywords: diary, Japanese girl, romantic fiction, Buddhism, afterlife, poetry, Japanese family

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231167185
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231167185.001.0001