The Journal of Japanese Studies



Mongrel Modernism: Hayashi Fumiko's Horoki and Mass Culture

This article examines Hayashi Fumiko's novel Horoki (Diary of a vagabond) as a personal and historical narrative of Japanese modernity.  Arguing for an acknowledgment of Horoki as a modernist work, it analyzes how Hayashi positions her work with regard to the developing idea of mass culture.  Through a consideration of the early mass cultural forms recorded in Hayashi's narrative, it shows how gender and regional identity contribute to the formation of a mass subject who retains the prospect of critical agency.

Volume 29, Number 1 (Winter 2003)
2003 Society for Japanese Studies


Marie Anchordoguy and Kevin M. Doak, Coeditors     Martha L. Walsh, Managing Editor
The Journal of Japanese Studies
University of Washington     Box 353650     Seattle, WA 98195-3650 U.S.A.
Phone 206-543-9302    Fax 206-685-0668    Email
Copyright 2004-2008  Society for Japanese Studies