This talk is an introduction to the vibrant social and cultural life of early nineteenth century Japan, told through the story of an irrepressible woman named Tsuneno, who defied convention to make a life for herself in the big city of Edo (now Tokyo) in the decades before the arrival of Commodore Perry and the fall of the shogunate.
Amy Stanley is a Professor of History at Northwestern University. She is the author of Stranger in the Shogun's City: A Japanese Woman and Her World (Scribner, 2020), which won the National Book Critics' Circle Award in Biography and PEN/America Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award in Biography and was shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize in Nonfiction. She received her PhD in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard in 2007, and she has held Fellowships from the Japan Foundation, the Japan- U.S. Friendship Commission, and the National Endowment for the Humanities