Michitsuna's Mother

Item

Author

Michitsuna's Mother

Location

Heian-kyo (modern day Kyoto)

Dates

936-995

Biography

Michitsuna's Mother was a member of the Fujiwara family and the daughter of a mid-ranking court official. Her poetry was widely read and admired during her lifetime and has featured prominently in anthologies since. The Kagero Nikki, a mixed-style memoir containing more than two-hundred and fifty poems and a frank, emotional account of Michitsuna's relationship with her husband, was one of the first female-authored texts taken up by national learning scholars in the Edo period. [Source:Mulhern, Chieko Irie. Japanese Women Writers: a Bio-critical Sourcebook. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1994.]

Works

Kagero Nikki (The Gossamer Years, The Mayfly Diary), poetry

Languages

Japanese

Genres

Diary/Memoir, Poetry

Editions and Translations

Seidensticker, Edward. tr. "The Kagero Nikki: Journal of a 10th Century Noblewoman." Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan. Third Series (June 1955): 1-243.

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