Student Research Paper
This paper examines the documented history of transgender identity in pre-modern Japan. Through literary analysis of the Torikaebaya Monogatari and depictions of Kabuki actors and sex workers in woodblock prints, transgender individuals’s place in Japanese society is deconstructed, societal view of LGBTQIA+ individuals during these periods is interpreted, and where trasngender people were most prevalent in society is determined.
Friedline, Sam, "Transgender Identity in Pre-modern Japan" (2020). Summer Scholarship, Creative Arts and Research Projects (SCARP). 9.