Romance, Family, and Nation in Japanese Colonial Literature

Romance, Family, and Nation in Japanese Colonial Literature



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Palgrave Macmillan


New York


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"Kono's book is admirably bold in subjecting to literary scrutiny work long dismissed as derivative and marginal to the modern Japanese literary canon. It is a timely contribution to studies of Japanese colonialism and to the dynamic, growing field of transnational Asian Studies."--Brett de Bary, Professor, Asian Studies and Comparative Literature, Cornell University "Kono examines the representation, production, and reproduction of the tropes of romance and family in Japanese Colonial Literature. Combining dexterous textual interpretation with gender, ethnicity, and postcolonial theory, the book provides a rare and insightful glimpse into the private realm of the colonial enterprise. Kono makes a compelling argument that it is essential to explore the literary renderings of romance, marriage, and family not just for the entertaining melodrama, but also to understand how the state apparatus used these familiar tropes to make their policies 'attractive' and win popular support for them. The book covers the hemispheric scope of the Japanese colonies and takes us on a literary excursion of the empire. A compelling read and a significant contribution to the growing interest in the studies of Japanese colonial literature."--Faye Kleeman, Associate Professor of Japanese, University of Colorado at Boulder. Source: Publisher

Romance, Family, and Nation in Japanese Colonial Literature

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