An Age of Melodrama: Family, Gender, and Social Hierarchy in the Turn-of-the-Century Japanese Novel
Stanford University Press, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 310 pages
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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