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By Michiko Suzuki

ISBN-10: 0804761973

ISBN-13: 9780804761970

ISBN-10: 0804761981

ISBN-13: 9780804761987

Featuring a clean exam of ladies writers and prewar ideology, this ebook breaks new flooring in its research of affection as a severe element of jap tradition through the early to mid-twentieth century. As a literary and cultural background of affection and feminine id, changing into sleek girls specializes in same-sex love, love marriage, and maternal love—new phrases at the moment; in doing so, it exhibits how the belief of "woman," in the context of a colourful print tradition, was once developed in the course of the glossy adventure of affection. writer Michiko Suzuki's paintings enhances present scholarship on lady identities comparable to "Modern woman" and "New Woman," and translates women's fiction at the side of nonfiction from a number media—early feminist writing, sexology books, newspapers, bestselling love treatises, local ethnology, and historiography. whereas illuminating the ways that girls used and challenged principles approximately love, Suzuki explores the ancient and ideological shifts of the interval, underscoring the wider connections among gender, modernity, and nationhood.

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Exploring a number of her novels and stories from girls’ magazines, private pamphlets, and popular women’s magazines, I illuminate her use of female-female love. Yoshiya published in the last two issues of Bluestocking and had direct contact with Hiratsuka Raichō, having studied the English edition of Love and Marriage in the same reading group. Rather than interpreting Yoshiya’s fiction as a commentary on her own life with her female partner, I show how she co-opts sexological and feminist discourses to rewrite ideas about female identity, inscribing samesex love into mainstream notions of female development.

Maternal love became a mystical notion, an intrinsic part of female identity; it was no longer something gained through the physical experience of motherhood but rather a natural instinct that existed a priori in all females. The idea that the pursuit of modern identity as a process would ultimately lead to the superceding of linearity, to the discovery of a mythic self existing outside of time, radically altered the understanding of both women and nation, and indeed the very concept of progress, in the years immediately preceding the Pacific War.

Introduction  Organization of Becoming Modern Women Becoming Modern Women examines narratives by three important women writers: Yoshiya Nobuko (1896–1973), Miyamoto Yuriko (1899–1951), and Okamoto Kanoko (1889–1939). It explores how their works engage with modern love ideology and other discourses on love. By investigating their texts in this way, I attempt to negotiate two different approaches to women’s writing. On the one hand, I highlight these authors’ shared interest in feminist thought, illustrating their overlapping concerns and questions about modern female identity.

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