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Onna Daigaku and Selected Works of Monzaemon Chikamatsu and Ihara Saikaku

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Title:Onna Daigaku and Selected Works of Monzaemon Chikamatsu and Ihara Saikaku
Authors:Sugiyama, Denice
Contributors:East Asian Languages and Literature (department)
Date Issued:15 Jan 2014
Publisher:University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract:Onna Daigaku or The Greater Learning for Women, written in 1716, is attributed to Ikken Kaibara. Kaibara, a scholar of Japanese literature, had a great knowledge of Chinese literature and was known as a famous moralist. Onna Daigaku is attributed to Kaibara because it closely resembles the content of the chapter entitled "Women's Education" in his treatise on education, Wazoku Dojikun (1710). Wakako Hironaka writes in the Kodansha Encyclopedia. Onna Daigaku is considered the most important because of the influences it had in defining the position of women and their role in the narrow confines of Japan's family system.1 In Ken Hoshino's translation of Onna Daigaku he breaks the work into six chapters. These sections are: 1) Girl's Instructions 2) Demarcation Between the Sexes 3) Seven Reasons for Divorce 4) The Wife's Miscellaneous Duties 5) The Treatment of Servants 6) The Infirmities of Women. Let me summarize the major points of Onna Daigaku. The qualities a woman should have are "gentle obedience, chastity, mercy and quietness,"2 while the five undesirable traits are "indocility, discontent, slander, jealousy, and silliness. "3 The worst of these five is silliness. A woman should endure without anger and suffer with patience and humility. A woman should always be alert and watch her own conduct. A woman should never overindulge in prayer or neglect the household. A woman should not selfishly think of her own parents first, but rather her husband's parents.
Pages/Duration:39 pages
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