Ben no Naishi

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Author

Ben no Naishi

Location

Heian-kyo (modern day Kyoto)

Dates

1220s-1270?

Biography

Ben no Naishi was born into the literarily distinguished Fujiwara family. An active member in literary communities, she participated in renga -- poetry writing groups, forty-four of her waka were included in imperial collections, and she wrote the Ben no Naishi Nikki, a literary account of her time as controller-handmaid to Emperor Go-Fukakusa.

Works

Ben no Naishi Nikki

Languages

Japanese

Genres

Diary/Memoir, Poetry

Editions and Translations

Hulvey, Shirley Yumiko. Sacred Rites in Moonlight: Ben no Naishi Nikki. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 2010.

Bibliography

Mulhern, Chieko Irie. Japanese Women Writers: a Bio-critical Sourcebook. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1994.

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