An Age of Melodrama: Family, Gender, and Social Hierarchy in the Turn-of-the-Century Japanese Novel

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Stanford University Press, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 310 pages
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At the turn of the century, Japanese fiction pulsed with an urge to render good and evil in ways that evoked dramatic emotions. This book examines four popular novels from this period by interweaving two threads of argument.
 

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Contents

But Theres Your Mother and Your Work The Family and the Nation in Hototogisu
46
A Jewel Shining in the Mud Love and Money in Konjiki yasha
86
The Milk You All Drank Gender and Social Aspiration in
140
Ill Be Doing the Giving The Traffic in Women and Men in Gubijinsō
188
Kokoro and the Age of Melodrama
237
Notes
263
Bibliography
295
Index
303
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