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The Japanese Short Stories And Poetry Of Mrs Fraser And Baroness D'Anethan

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The only two women travellers in Meiji Japan to publish fictional works, as well as their travel narratives, were Mrs. Fraser and Baroness d'Anethan. Mrs. Fraser and Baroness d'Anethan published various novels, short stories and poetry, which were either set in Japan or, as with some of Baroness d'Anethan's poetry, were the direct result of a specific political event in Japan. Fiction in the nineteenth century, while emphasizing the domestic role of women and their private experience, also often employed the traditional marriage plot, the narrative culminating in married domesticity or with the death of one of the main protagonists. Baroness d' Anethan's melodramatic poems, inspired by her personal responses to the varying conflicts as they impacted on her as an observer in Tokyo reveal, through their enormous public approbation, the wider picture of the reception of the wars by the civilian population in Tokyo.

Keywords: Baroness d'Anethan; civilian population; Meiji Japan; Mrs Fraser; Tokyo



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