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Gilbert and Gubar's The Madwoman in the Attic after Thirty Years
Annette R. Federico, Sandra M. Gilbert
Annette LaPointe
Dragon Sword and Wind Child - Miho Satake, Noriko Ogiwara, Cathy Hirano Reread, slightly updated translation; I don't remember it well enough to remark on the differences.

I get a little more out of it now that I know a little more of Japanese mythology, but I can tell I'm still missing a great deal. It also helps to think of the story as in mythic+folktale mode rather than novel mode (the difference between this novel and the sequel is striking), although Saya definitely suffers from first-novel-perfect-heroine problems, where the author describes her as having several excellent but mutually exclusive traits, none of which are borne out by her actions. This settles down later in the novel, although it defintely has the manga reverse harem trope of every available man falling in love with the heroine.