The paper focuses on Abutsu’s Letter, the first career guide for younger noble-women written by Nun Abutsu (1225–1283). This work is a long letter to her only daughter, Ki no Naishi, to provide good advice on some important matters such as proper deportment, necessary artistic skills and the right path to succeed in life at court. By analising Abutsu’s Letter the paper tries to reconstruct the daily life of medieval noble women, their upbringing and aspirations. It also casts light on women’s innermost feelings and fears in an era of great changings, exploring what kind of practical solutions they have if their dreams go unfulfilled.
Annali Sezione Orientale – Brill
Published: Jun 21, 2017
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