Changing Lovestyles: Fictional Representations of Contemporary Japanese Men in Love Janet S. Shibamoto Smith Introduction This essay is a study of one emotion, romantic love, in a single literary genre, the romance novel. More specifically, it is a study of changes in late-twentiethcentury cultural understandings of romantic love as inscribed in the fictional romance. Transformations in representations of romantic heroes in popular romantic fiction over the course of the late twentieth century, arguably in response to the demands of a largely female readership, provide important clues to shifts in how women relate â or fail to relate â to potential and real romantic partners in their everyday lives, and why. The changing grammar, as it were, of a manâs love for a woman discernible in the series of texts analyzed below allows glimpses into the figured worlds of Japanese romantic love.1 These figured worlds link in complex ways to positions 16:2 doi 10.1215/10679847-2008-005 Copyright 2008 by Duke University Press positions 16:2 Fall 2008 womenâs understandings of their everyday lives in the dynamically shifting field of gender relations in Japan, and to how those understandings affect their decisions not just about romance but also about marriage and reproduction, these
positions asia critique – Duke University Press
Published: Sep 1, 2008
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