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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

(p.46) One But There's Your Mother and Your Work
An Age of Melodrama
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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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