Meshi by Hayashi Fumiko: Using the Domestic to Explore Gendered Concepts of National Identity1
Abstract:In this article, I present a critical interpretation of Meshi (1951) by the modern female Japanese author Hayashi Fumiko (1903–1951). I explore the ways in which Hayashi's depiction of contemporary anxieties about male and female roles in a time of occupation by a foreign power can be analysed as an interaction between gender and national identity. I focus specifically on the ways that different concepts of the domestic are played out against opposing forces of the exotic in order to develop gendered constructs of national identity.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: June 1, 2005