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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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A Jewel Shining in the Mud

A Jewel Shining in the Mud

Love and Money in Konjiki yasha

(p.86) Two A Jewel Shining in the Mud
An Age of Melodrama
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This chapter examines the issues about love and money in the melodramatic novel Konjiki yasha by Ozaki Kōyō. It analyzes how this novel attempts to mobilize melodrama's binary morality and shows that the passions in this novel are produced as much by ideological failure as by ideological certitude. This chapter argues that the novel exhibits ideological contradiction on many levels and contends that it fails to uphold a binary opposition between “momentary” money and eternal love.

Keywords:   love, money, Konjiki yasha, Ozaki Kōyō, binary morality, ideological failure, ideological certitude, ideological contradiction

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