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Empire and Misogyny -The works of Kataoka Kisaburo, a Japanese resident in colonial Joseon-

  • 日本硏究
  • 2015, (39), pp.303-324
  • Publisher : The Center for Japanese Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Published : August 20, 2015

Lee Sun Yoon 1

1고려대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

Empire and Misogyny -The works of Kataoka Kisaburo, a Japanese resident in colonial Joseon- This study focuses on the misogyny of empire by examining Humor Essay Shinseonro (1929), Anatomy of Japanese Women(1931), and Ladies of Showa Japan(1934), all written by Kataoka Kisaburo, an educator and journalist in colonial Joseon for more than 20 years. Kataoka’s three books have never been considered academic topics, yet include important information about imperial views on women. In Humor Essay Shinseonro, objective views on women are very easily found, but ironically, Kataoka’s second book, Anatomy of Japanese Women was almost all about women. This study attempts to understand the history and system of misogyny in imperial Japan, including colonial Joseon, through the discourses on women in Kataoka’s texts, especially in the last one, Ladies of Showa Japan, which clearly shows the strong misogyny of an imperial and patriarchal nation. Moreover, the idea of motherhood was emphasized more strongly in it than in Kataoka’s two other texts, even though it was written before Japan’s national mobilization in the late 1930s.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.