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An age of melodrama : family, gender, and social hierarchy in the turn-of-the-century Japanese novel

Author: Ken K Ito; UPSO eCollections (University Press Scholarship Online).
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: (DLC) 2008011776
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ken K Ito; UPSO eCollections (University Press Scholarship Online).
ISBN: 0804779627 9780804779623
OCLC Number: 872395817
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 310 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction: Melodrama and the family in Meiji Japan --
But there's your mother and your work : the family and the nation in Hototogisu --
A jewel shining in the mud : love and money in Konjiki yasha --
The milk you all drank : gender and social aspiration in Chikyōdai --
I'll be doing the giving : the traffic in women and men in Gubijinsō --
In place of a conclusion : Kokoro and the age of melodrama.
Responsibility: Ken K. Ito.
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This book examines how, at the turn of the 19th century, Japanese fiction used melodrama's binary morality-the battle between good and evil-to generate alternative models of family to answer the  Read more...

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"Ito's work on Meiji melodrama is groundbreaking. This book reaches beyond individual texts and illuminates many aspects of Japanese culture and society of the era. It is lucid, smart, and elegantly Read more...

 
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