Today, we’re taking a look at a fascinating literary text from 1000 years ago, the Kagero Nikki (most commonly translated as “The Gossamer Diary”). This is the life story of a woman whose name is not known to us, and her tumultuous, borderline abusive relationship with her husband — and a tale of how, ultimately, she is able to find peace.
Seidensticker, Edward. The Gossamer Years.
Watanabe, Minoru and Richard Bowring. “Style and Point of View in the Kagero Nikki.” Journal of Japanese Studies 10, No 2 (Summer, 1984)
Wakita, Haruko and Suzanne Gay. “Marriage and Property in Premodern Japan from the Perspective of Women’s History.” Journal of Japanese Studies 10, No 1 (Winter, 1984).
A fascinating essay on the depression thesis regarding Kagero Nikki.