The American Diary of a Japanese Girl

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-01-28
  • Publisher: Temple Univ Pr

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The first American novel by a writer of Japanese ancestry,The American Diary of a Japanese Girlis a landmark of modern American fiction and Japanese-American transnationalism. First published in 1902, Yone Noguchi's novel describes the turn-of-the-century adventures of Tokyo belle Miss Morning Glory in a first-person narrative that theNew York Timescalled "perfectly ingenuous and unconventional."Initially published as an authentic journal, theDiarywas later revealed to be a playful autobiographical fiction written by a man. No less than her creator, Miss Morning Glory delights in disguises, unabashedly switching gender, class, and ethnic roles. Targeting the American fantasy of Madame Butterfly, Noguchi's New Woman heroine prays for "something more decent than a marriage offer," and freely dispenses her insights on Japanese culture and American lifestyles. With the addition of perceptive critical commentary and comprehensive notes, this first annotated edition sheds new light on the creative inventiveness of an important modernist writer.

Author Biography

Yone Noguchi served as Professor of English at Keio University in Tokyo

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
Notes to this Editionp. xxi
The American Diary of a Japanese Girlp. 1
Before I Sailedp. 3
On the Oceanp. 13
In Amerikeyp. 18
Afterwordp. 131
Notes to the Introductionp. 153
Notes to the Textp. 156
Notes to the Afterwordp. 192
Works Citedp. 196
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