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Anaïs Nin’s Femininity and the Banana Yoshimoto Phenomenon

  • Toyoko Yamamoto

Abstract

Anaïs Nin wrote in 1966, at the age of 63, ‘I am like a new woman, born with the publication of the Diary’.1 Nin followed the dramatic publication of the first volume of her diary with an energetic lecture tour throughout the United States on her theories of feminine consciousness. The time was right not only for Nin’s writing to receive wider recognition, but also for the flowering of her role as a highly respected advocate of a new consciousness. In the United States, her diaries were considered to speak for many women, and Nin soon came to be regarded by some as a mother figure.

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Japanese Woman Woman Writer Feminine Gender Role Modern Woman Woman Speak 
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