Nobuko Yoshiya

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Nobuko Yoshiya
Nobuko Yoshiya
Nobuko Yoshiya
Born(1896-01-12)12 January 1896
Niigata, Japan
Died11 July 1973(1973-07-11) (aged 77)
Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan
In this Japanese name, the family name is Yoshiya.

Nobuko Yoshiya (吉屋信子, Yoshiya Nobuko, 12 January 1896 - 11 July 1973) was a Japanese novelist. She wrote during the Taishō and Showa periods of Japan. She was one of modern Japan's most successful writers. She wrote many romance novels and adolescent girls’ fiction. She was also one of the first writers of Japanese lesbian books, including the Class S genre.

Early life[change | change source]

Yoshiya was born in Niigata Prefecture, but grew up in the cities of Mooka and Tochigi, in Tochigi Prefecture. Her father was in the public service, so her family often moved.[1] She was the only daughter and youngest child of her family. Both, her mother and her father, came from samurai families.[2] She started writing when she was in her teens, although before this she had developed a love for writing which sapped her time for learning domestic skills from her mother.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Schierbeck, Sachiko Shibata; Edelstein, Marlene R. (1994). Japanese women novelists in the 20th century: 104 biographies, 1900-1993. Museum Tusculanum Press. pp. 88–91. ISBN 978-8-77289-268-9.
  2. Robertson, Jennifer (2002) "Yoshiya Nobuko Out and Outspoken in Practice and Prose" in Anne Wathall e.d. The Human Tradition in Modern Japan pp. 155-174 ISBN 0-8420-2912-5

General references[change | change source]

  • Frederick, Sarah. "Women of the Setting Sun and Men from the Moon: Yoshiya Nobuko's Ataka Family as Postwar Romance."U.S. - Japan Women's Journal, English Supplement 23. 2003.
  • Frederick, Sarah. "Not that Innocent: Yoshiya Nobuko's Good Girls in Jan Bardsley and Laura Miller eds. Bad Girls of Japan. Palgrave, 2005.
  • Mackie, Vera. Feminism in Modern Japan: Citizenship, Embodiment and Sexuality. Cambridge University Press (2003) ISBN 0-521-52719-8

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