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Becoming Modern Women : Love and Female Identity in Prewar Japanese Literature and Culture

By: Suzuki, Michiko.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Palo Alto : Stanford University Press, 2009Description: 1 online resource (248 p.).ISBN: 9780804772952.Subject(s): Japanese fiction - 20th century - History and criticism | Japanese fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism | Japanese fiction - Women authors - History and criticism | Japanese fiction -- Women authors -- History and criticism | Love in literature | Love in literature | Women in literature | Women in literatureGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Becoming Modern Women : Love and Female Identity in Prewar Japanese Literature and CultureDDC classification: 895.6/093522 | 895.6093522 LOC classification: PL725PL725 .S89 2010PL725.S89 2010Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Contents; Acknowledgments; Note on Names and Terms; 1. Introduction; Part One: Girls and Virgins; 2. Same-Sex Love; 3. Yoshiya Nobuko and the Romance of Sisterhood; Part Two: The Wife''s Progress ; 4. Love Marriage Ideology ; 5. Miyamoto Yuriko and the Nobuko Narratives ; Part Three: Reinventing Motherhood ; 6. Maternal Love ; 7. Okamoto Kanoko and the Mythic Mother ; Conclusion ; Notes ; Bibliography ; Index
Summary: Becoming Modern Women: Love and Female Identity in Prewar Japanese Literature and Culture is a literary and cultural history of love and female identity in Japan during the 1910s-30s.
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Contents; Acknowledgments; Note on Names and Terms; 1. Introduction; Part One: Girls and Virgins; 2. Same-Sex Love; 3. Yoshiya Nobuko and the Romance of Sisterhood; Part Two: The Wife''s Progress ; 4. Love Marriage Ideology ; 5. Miyamoto Yuriko and the Nobuko Narratives ; Part Three: Reinventing Motherhood ; 6. Maternal Love ; 7. Okamoto Kanoko and the Mythic Mother ; Conclusion ; Notes ; Bibliography ; Index

Becoming Modern Women: Love and Female Identity in Prewar Japanese Literature and Culture is a literary and cultural history of love and female identity in Japan during the 1910s-30s.

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This meticulous, well-organized book interrogates the construction of modern Japanese female identity. Suzuki (Indiana Univ.) closely reads narratives by famous modern writers Yoshiya Nobuko, Miyamoto Yuriko, and Okamoto Kanoko, looking at their engagement with discourses on, respectively, same-sex love, love marriage, and maternal love. The author contextualizes Yoshiya's popular tales and novels, which make same-sex love integral to female development, with discourses including sexology, girls' culture, and the magazine Bluestocking in the 1910s and 1920s. In examining proletarian writer Miyamoto through love-marriage ideology--which considered marriage the goal of love and an expression of selfhood--Suzuki deftly compares two versions of Miyamoto's novel Nobuko (1924-26 and 1928), showing how Miyamoto erased elements of the love-marriage ideal in the later one as she grew more critical of the notion. The work of Okamoto the author scrutinizes coincides with contemporaneous discourses on motherhood and maternal love (boseiai), a 20th-century invention in Japan. She redefines maternal love as love for self, offering an alternative narrative for female identity and completion in the 1930s. This book complements Jan Bardsley's The Bluestockings of Japan (CH, Dec'08, 46-1910) and Girl Reading Girl in Japan, ed. by Tomoko Aoyama and Barbara Hartley (CH, Jul'10, 47-6088). Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. L. I. Winston independent scholar

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Michiko Suzuki is Associate Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Indiana University. She specializes in modern and contemporary Japanese literature and culture.

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