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Meshi by Hayashi Fumiko: Using the Domestic to Explore Gendered Concepts of National Identity1

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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.

Keywords: Gender; Hayashi Fumiko; Modern Japanese Literature; National Identity; Women Writers

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14608940500144088

Publication date: June 1, 2005

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