Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Gender and Nation in Meiji JapanModernity, Loss, and the Doing of History$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jason G. Karlin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838263

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838263.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM HAWAII SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.hawaii.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Hawaii University Press, 2017. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in HSO for personal use (for details see http://www.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 23 November 2017

The Lure of the Modern

The Lure of the Modern

Imagining the Temporal Spaces of City and Countryside

Chapter:
(p.177) Chapter 4 The Lure of the Modern
Source:
Gender and Nation in Meiji Japan
Author(s):

Jason G. Karlin

Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824838263.003.0005

This chapter examines the perceived temporal gap between the city and the countryside in Meiji Japan, signified by the lag in the spread of fashions (ryūkō). It first considers how the spread of mass culture triggered moral panic and nostalgia during the Meiji period before discussing the exodus of people from the periphery to the center. It then looks at the image of the “degenerate schoolgirl” appearing in media representations around the turn of the century as part of a broader discourse on the decline of public morals in student culture, citing the city as the alleged source of moral corruption and degeneration among schoolgirls—an alluring and dangerous place of desire. It also explores the proliferation of magazines, including women's magazines, that addressed the differences between the city and the countryside. Finally, it analyzes the ideas of the ethnographer Yanagita Kunio regarding fads and tastes.

Keywords:   city, countryside, fashion, mass culture, moral panic, nostalgia, degenerate schoolgirl, magazines, Yanagita Kunio, fads

Hawaii Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.