Constructing Subjectivities

Constructing Subjectivities : Autobiographies in Modern Japan

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Constructing Subjectivities discusses some of the major autobiographies that appeared in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Japan. Tomonari connects their emergence to the social transformation taking place at the time: the modernization and industrialization of Japan. Focusing on particular groups such as wealthy peasants, newly emerging businessmen, social activists, and feminist intellectuals, Tomonari positions the autobiographies as part of the social reform their authors were trying to carry more

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  • Hardback | 294 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 453.59g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739117165
  • 9780739117163

About Noboru Tomonari

Noboru Tomonari is assistant professor in the department of Asian languages and literatures at Carleton College, more

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Constructing Subjectivities is an intriguing account of autobiographical writing in Japan placed in a socioeconomic context. Autobiographies by mainstream figures from the business community such as Suzuki Bokushi, Kawato Jindai, and Fukuzawa Yukichi are joined by those from radical social activists like Sakai Toshihiko, Osugi Sakae, and Katayama Sen, not to mention ones by activist women such as Yamakawa Kikue, Ishigaki Ayako, Oku Mumeo, Kamichika Ichiko and Maruoka Hideko. The author thus offers the reader a diverse and wide-ranging assortment of autobiographical texts for discussion and analysis. -- Ronald P. Loftus, Willamette University This book is an intriguing study with outstanding strengths, particularly in regard to the wealth of material presented...anyone interested in modern Japanese culture and society will come away from it with new insight. It raises the question of how Japanese business has contributed to Japanese culture. It has the potential to trigger future research on self-narratives in a transnational context, and it also inspires reflections on the relationship between "reality" and discursive as well as literary writing. Journal of Japanese Studiesshow more

Table of contents

Part 1 Introduction Part 2 Part I: Autobiographical Reflections in the Late Tokugawa Period: Lives in Commerce Chapter 3 Suzuki Bokushi: The Shared Virtue Chapter 4 Virtue as an Ideology Chapter 5 Moral Responsibility Chapter 6 Memory as Resource Chapter 7 Trading on One's Own Chapter 8 The Joys of an Entrepreneur Chapter 9 Initial Disappointment: Virtue Discounted Chapter 10 Outside Yet Inside Chapter 11 The Consolation of Memory Chapter 12 Autobiographies in Between Part 13 Part II: Creating Modern Managers: The Uses of Memory by Fukuzawa Yukichi and Shibusawa Eiichi Chapter 14 Management Intellectuals, Economy, and Autobiography Chapter 15 Sharing Memory Chapter 16 Better than the Bureaucrats Chapter 17 The New Business Elite Chapter 18 Overcoming Seisho (Government Proteges) Chapter 19 A Choice of One's Own Chapter 20 Getting Ahead in the Meiji Period: Later Autobiographies by Shibusawa Chapter 21 The Entrepreneurial Self Chapter 22 Improving Commercial Education Chapter 23 Creating and Nurturing Managers Chapter 24 Worker Contentions Chapter 25 Social Marginality and the Meiji Entrepreneur Autobiographies Part 26 Self-Narration as Propaganda: Autobiographies by Anarchists and Socialists in the 1920s Chapter 27 Leaning toward the Left Chapter 28 The Conversion of a Rebel Chapter 29 Self-Transformation through Activism Chapter 30 Memory Evoked by Memory Chapter 31 The Final Days of the Capitalist Class Chapter 32 Depicting the Upper Middle Class Chapter 33 Changes in the Socialist Movement Chapter 34 Katayama Sen's Path to Socialism Chapter 35 Katayam as the Peasant/Proletariat Chapter 36 The Emergence of the Proletariat Chapter 37 Autobiographies of Counterhegemony Part 38 Part IV: Working Mothers: Autobiographies by Japanese Women in the 1950s Chapter 39 Being a Wife and a Mother Chapter 40 Departing from a Mother's Way Chapter 41 Yamakawa Kikue as Wife and Mother Chapter 42 Ishigaki Ayako's Search for Memory Chapter 43 Positioning Women as Mothers Chapter 44 Balancing Work and Child Care Chapter 45 An Accidental Career Woman Chapter 46 Self-Development through Work Chapter 47 An Activist with a Child Chapter 48 Career over Housework? Chapter 49 Part-Time Women and the Gendered Division of Labor Chapter 50 Working Mothers and Autobiography Part 51 Conclusion Part 52 Works Citedshow more

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