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Romance, Family, and Nation in Japanese Colonial Literature

Authors: Kono, K.

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Romance, Family, and Nation in Japanese Colonial Literature explores how Japanese writers in Korea, Manchuria, and Taiwan used narratives of romantic and familial love in order to traverse the dangerous currents of empire. Focusing on the period between 1937 and 1945, this study discusses how literary renderings of interethnic relations reflect the numerous ways that Japan s imperial expansion was imagined: as an unrequited romance, a reunion of long-separated families, an oppressive endeavor, and a utopian collaboration. The manifestations of romance, marriage, and family in colonial literature foreground how writers positioned themselves vis-à-vis empire and reveal the different conditions, consequences, and constraints that they faced in rendering Japanese colonialism.

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KIMBERLY KONO Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures at Smith College, USA.

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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


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Kono, Kimberly T.

    Pages 1-14

  • Performing Ethnicity, Gender and Modern Love in Colonial Manchuria

    Kono, Kimberly T.

    Pages 15-41

  • (Re)writing Colonial Lineage in Sakaguchi Reiko’s “Passionflower”

    Kono, Kimberly T.

    Pages 43-73

  • Looking for Legitimacy: Cultural Identity and the Interethnic Family in Colonial Korea

    Kono, Kimberly T.

    Pages 75-97

  • Marriage, Modernization, and the Imperial Subject

    Kono, Kimberly T.

    Pages 99-118

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Romance, Family, and Nation in Japanese Colonial Literature
Authors
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-10578-2
DOI
10.1057/9780230105782
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-61989-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 214
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