The Journal of Japanese Studies

 

Abstract

WILLIAM O. GARDNER
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


 

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