By Amanda C. Seaman
Writing being pregnant in Low-Fertility Japan is a wide-ranging account of ways girls writers have made experience (and nonsense) of being pregnant in postwar Japan. whereas past authors equivalent to Yosano Akiko had addressed the soreness and emotional complexities of childbearing of their poetry and prose, the subject quick moved into the literary shadows while motherhood turned enshrined as an obligation to nation and sovereign within the Thirties and ’40s. This reproductive crucial persevered after global struggle II, spurred by means of a necessity to create a brand new new release of voters and shoppers for a brand new, peacetime kingdom. It was once merely within the Nineteen Sixties, within the context of a flowering of feminist proposal and activism, that extra serious and nuanced value determinations of being pregnant and motherhood started to appear.
In her attention-grabbing examine, Amanda C. Seaman analyzes the literary manifestations of this new serious technique, within the procedure introducing readers to a physique of labor remarkable for the big variety of genres hired by way of its authors (including horror and delusion, brief tales, novels, memoir, and manga), the various political, own, and social issues informing it, and the various artistic methods contained therein. This “pregnancy literature,” Seaman argues, serves as an enormous but hardly thought of discussion board for exploring and debating not just the actual stories of the pregnant mother-to-be, however the broader matters of jap girls approximately their our bodies, their households, their existence offerings, and the that means of motherhood for people and for jap society. will probably be of curiosity to students of contemporary jap literature and women’s historical past, in addition to these fascinated about gender reviews, feminism, and pop culture in Japan and beyond.
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