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An Age of MelodramaFamily, Gender, and Social Hierarchy in the Turn-of-the-Century Japanese Novel$
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Ken K. Ito

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804757775

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804757775.001.0001

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Melodrama and the Family in Meiji Japan

(p.1) Introduction
An Age of Melodrama
Stanford University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the depiction of family in Japanese melodramatic fiction of the Meiji era. This volume examines four novels initially serialized in daily newspapers at a time of burgeoning circulations. These include Hototogisu, Konjiki yasha, Chikyōdai, and Gubijinsō. This volume explores how these melodramatic fictions responded to the concept of ie-seido and kazoku kokka kan (the family-state concept) and investigates the cultural impact of Meiji melodramatic novels. It also argues for the modernity of Meiji melodramatic fiction because of its specific concerns.

Keywords:   melodramatic fiction, family, Japan, Meiji era, ie-seido, kazoku kokka kan, cultural impact

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