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Searching for Japan20th Century Italy's Fascination with Japanese Culture$
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Michele Monserrati

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789621075

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789621075.001.0001

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Searching for Japan

Michele Monserrati

Liverpool University Press

Chapter 4 introduces a view of the journey in Japan from a female perspective. The few examples of Italian women writers in Japan are concentrated in the second half of the 20th century, in particular during the 1980s, with the increasing transformation of women’s roles in both societies. As travel was traditionally conceived of as a male privilege and dominated by his mode of narration, the chapter argues that the women’s travelogues to Japan bring (although not always) a fresh perspective and an alternative look at Japanese society, with particular regard to the image of women. This chapter builds on the reactions that Italian women travelers experienced when observing a similar process of change in gender power relations in Japan. By contrasting Eurocentric views (Angela Staude) with cosmopolitan approaches (Antonietta Pastore), this chapters shows the shortcomings of a gender theory that poses essentializing differences between men and womens’ travel narratives, while at the same time recognizes in the woman traveler a ‘potential’ ability to detect and, therefore, sanction inequalities and discriminations.

Keywords:   Italian feminist movement, Japanese feminist movement, Women and travel writing, Hibakusha (Hiroshima survivor), Fukushima accident, Social media and transnational public communities, Angela Staude, Antonietta Pastore

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