What is the significance of The Pillow Book? Why is it important to Japanese history? What is it's linguistic significance?
What factual information is known about Sei Shonagon? When did she live? What was her position in life?
How does The Pillow Book cross lines between being a work of non-fiction and a work of fiction? What elements of fiction does it contain?
How did Shonagon feel about aesthetics? How do you know this? Discuss some sections in which Shonagon specifically talked about how things should look. What do these sections reveal about Shonagon?
What is Shonagon's writing style? What kinds of words did she use? How did she express her opinions?
Describe life in the women's apartments. What were the apartments like and why did Shonagon enjoy living there?
What was the significance of rituals in Shonagon's life? How did they add structure to her life and...
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