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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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Introduction

Introduction

Melodrama and the Family in Meiji Japan

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An Age of Melodrama
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804757775.003.0001

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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