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Gender and Nation in Meiji Japan: Modernity, Loss, and the Doing of History

Jason G. Karlin


This book is a historical analysis of the discourses of nostalgia in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Japan. Through an analysis of the experience of rapid social change in Japan's modernization, it argues that fads (ryūkō) and the desires they express are central to understanding Japanese modernity, conceptions of gender, and discourses of nationalism. In doing so, the book uncovers the myth of eternal return that lurks below the surface of Japanese history as an expression of the desire to find meaning amid the chaos and alienation of modern times. The Meiji period (1868–1912) wa ... More

Keywords: nostalgia, Japan, modernity, nationalism, Meiji period, Westernization, gender, Japanese history, social change, fads

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780824838263
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824838263.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jason G. Karlin, author
University of Tokyo