Enchi Fumiko

Enchi, Fumiko

Fumiko Enchi (fōō´mē´kō ĕn´chē), 1905–86, Japanese novelist and literary critic. The daughter of a well-known Japanese literary scholar, she first wrote for the theater, later turning to novels and short stories. Enchi's work covers a wide range of subjects, but is generally centered on the inner lives of women and their roles in society. Onnazaka [the waiting years], awarded the Noma Literary Prize in 1957, traces the struggle of a matriarch to hold her family together through the early years of Japan's modernization. A prolific writer despite repeated bouts of illness, Enchi received numerous awards. Her modern Japanese translation of the renowned classical Japanese novel The Tale of Genji received wide acclaim.

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Dangerous Women, Deadly Words: Phallic Fantasy and Modernity in Three Japanese Writers
Nina Cornyetz.
Stanford University, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Part II "Enchi Fumiko"
Japanese Women Writers: Twentieth Century Short Fiction
Noriko Mizuta Lippit; Kyoko Iriye Selden.
M.E. Sharpe, 1991
Librarian’s tip: "Love in Two Lives: The Remnant" by Enchi Fumiko begins on p. 97
Women in Twentieth-Century Literature: A Jungian View
Bettina L. Knapp.
Pennsylvania State University Press, 1987
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 9 "Fumiko Enchi's Masks: A Sacred Mystery"
Daughters of the Moon: Wish, Will, and Social Constraint in Fiction by Modern Japanese Women
Victoria V. Vernon.
Institute of East Asian Studies, 1988
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Six "Between Osan and Koharu: The Representation of Women in the Works of Hayashi Fumiko and Enchi Fumiko"
Masterworks of Asian Literature in Comparative Perspective: A Guide for Teaching
Barbara Stoler Miller.
M.E. Sharpe, 1994
Librarian’s tip: "Beyond Absolution: Enchi Fumiko's The Waiting Years and Masks" begins on p. 439
The Fantastic in Modern Japanese Literature: The Subversion of Modernity
Susan J. Napier.
Routledge, 1996
Librarian’s tip: "Women Alone: Fantasy Females in the Works of Enchi Fumiko, Oba Minako, Kurahashi Yumiko, and Kanai Mieko" begins on p. 80
Images of Japanese Women: A Westerner's View
Bettina L. Knapp.
Whitston, 1992
Librarian’s tip: "Enchi Fumiko (1905-1986)" begins on p. 225
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