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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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But There's Your Mother and Your Work

But There's Your Mother and Your Work

The Family and the Nation in Hototogisu

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(p.46) One But There's Your Mother and Your Work
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An Age of Melodrama
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804757775.003.0002

This chapter examines the models of family and their relationship to the nation in the Japanese melodrama Hototogisu by Tokutomi Roka. It examines how this novel negotiates extra-literary discourses involving representations of family, gender and status and analyzes it representation of temporality. This chapter also argues that the ideological contradiction of this melodrama traces a trajectory toward an exclusively male fictive family serving the interconnected needs of manliness and nationalism.

Keywords:   family, nation, Hototogisu, Tokutomi Roka, gender, status, temporality, ideological contradiction, manliness, nationalism

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