Gender Roles In Japanese Popular Literature

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These days there is nothing new about dealing with women-related issues, although it is worth and needed to consider as long as men and women coexist in this earth. The article, “Choosing Your Family: Reconfiguring Gender and Familial Relationship in Japanese Popular Fiction” (2011), written by Dollase, Hiromi Tstchiya also focuses on contemporary, popular, woman-authored books in Japanese popular fiction. Introducing stories written by four female writers, Hiromi analyze them how they reconfigure gender and family systems and discuss the shojo manga which deals with the ideal mother and home. This article also shows the power of the popular literature. No matter what the critics’ reaction is, it has already making an appeal to the …show more content…
The heroine Shoko is a newlywed wife, whose husband is a gay doctor, Mutsuki. They marry for their parents’ sake, who wants their children to follow traditional convention. Shoko and Mutsuki agree to have free love outside the marriage. In fact, Mutsuki has a boyfriend named kon. In early stage of their fake marriage, Shoko feels lonely and depressed and suffers from the friction between two different worlds. In the end, however, Shoko realizes that what she wanted was love, comfort and peace instead of marriage, gender and sex. So, she decided to abandon the pretenses and the three persons succeed to create their own ideal family based on friendship, trust, love and support, the real meaning of normal …show more content…
Historically, popular literature has been recognized as low-level genre, however things are different now. As Hiromi described in her article, the power of young female writers is well observed in today’s Japanese literary world. Especially, Yoshimoto Banana’s writings which represent both the unconventional (the casual writing style and colloquial language) and the conventional (mainstream literary themes) were warmly welcomed in bundan. I am, knowing this fact the greatest reward of reading this article. Nobody can deny the the Japanese popular literature has made a significant impact and plays a huge role in people’s lives and thoughts. In the future, I dare assume that probably only the literature genre which shares with the public will

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