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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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The Milk You All Drank

The Milk You All Drank

Gender and Social Aspiration in Chikyōdai

(p.140) Three The Milk You All Drank
An Age of Melodrama
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This chapter examines how adoptions refract the Meiji ideology of the ie-seido in Kikuchi Yūhō's Chikyōdai, particularly in terms of the complications raised by gender and social hierarchy. It explores how this work presented itself as a home novel and analyzes its preface in order to understand its appeal to the readers. This chapter also argues that the novel's moral occult embraced female desire and the powerful social aspirations that coursed through Meiji culture and it also contributed in melodrama's democraticization of morality and its signs.

Keywords:   adoptions, ie-seido, Chikyōdai, Kikuchi Yūhō, gender, social hierarchy, home novel, moral occult, female desire, social aspirations

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