The Mountain Is Moving describes postwar Japanese society and the roles that women are expected to play within it. Based on interviews with hundreds of women, the book examines the education of women, marriage and child rearing, work outside the house, caring for the elderly, political power or lack of it, and volunteerism. Morley also examines a diverse and compelling range of stories and novels by and about Japanese women, revealing both patterns and exceptions.
Patricia Morley is a prolific writer and the recipient of many awards, including the 1987 Ottawa Citizen Award for Non-Fiction. She is Professor Emerita at Concordia University and founding member and Lifetime Honorary Fellow at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Montreal. Since 1961 she has made frequent trips to Japan where she has many friends and continues to find the country and its culture fascinating.
Accessible academic study ... comprehensive research.
A book of extraordinary scope ... With meticulous detail and clarity, Morley sheds light on the evolution of [the Japanese woman's] role.
Morley's earnest and intelligent effort to understand Japanese society, her clear prose, and her conscientious survey of many aspects of women's lives make The Mountain Is Moving a very worthwhile introduction to its subject.