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Aoyama, T and Hartley, B 2006 , 'The narcissistic woman writer', in R L Copeland (ed.), Woman Critiqued , University of Hawaii Press, Hawaii, pp. 76-82.

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Chapter 1 of this volume saw a coterie of critics active in the
nascent modern literary community accuse women who wrote of a "lack of
womanliness." So outraged were these critics by this alleged lack that they refused
to read the work of women writers of the time. Members of this coterie
would undoubtedly have been shocked had they read Setouchi Harumi's later
declaration, featured in chapter 2, that the writing woman must be manly and
immodest. The position taken by these male commentators confirms Yukiko
Tanaka's belief that the woman who writes performs "an act of self-assertion"
that marks her as the "antithesis of the selfless submission prescribed [for
women] by Japanese culture.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Aoyama, T and Hartley, B
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
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