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- Description<i>Struggling Upward</i> reconsiders the rise and maturation of the modern vel in Japan by connecting the genre to new discourses on ambition and social mobility. Collectively called <i>risshin shusse</i>, these discourses accompanied the spread of industrial capitalism and the emergence of a new nation-state in the archipelago. Drawing primarily on historicist strategies of literary criticism, the book situates the Meiji vel in relation to a range of texts from different culturally demarcated zones: the visual arts, scandal journalism, self-help books, and materials on immigration to the colonies, among others. Timothy J. Van Comperlle connects these Japanese materials to topics of broad theoretical interest within literary and cultural studies, including imperialism, gender, modernity, vel studies, print media, and the public sphere. As the first mograph to link the vel to <i>risshin shusse</i>, <i>Struggling Upward</i> argues that social mobility is the privileged lens through which Meiji velists explored abstract concepts of national belonging, social hierarchy, and the new space of an industrializing nation.
- Author BiographyTimothy J. Van Compernolle is Associate Professor of Asian Languages and Civilizations at Amherst College.
- Author(s)Timothy J. Van Compernolle
- PublisherHarvard University, Asia Center
- Date of Publication22/11/2016
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleHarvard East Asian Monographs
- Series Part/Volume Number393
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHarvard University, Asia Center
- Weight522 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine23 mm
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