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ORCID

https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0295-082X

Access Type

Open Access Thesis

Document Type

thesis

Embargo Period

5-14-2020

Degree Program

Japanese

Degree Type

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Year Degree Awarded

2020

Month Degree Awarded

September

Abstract

This thesis argues that the following texts by Murakami Ryū: “Topaz” (1988), Piercing (1997), Audition (1997), and Popular Hits of the Showa Era (1997), are works of transgressive fiction in which the female protagonists respond to the hurtful restrictions and expectations of their gender roles by expressing a dissatisfaction with their “bodies” within these systems, or exacting personal vengeance against the actors of their oppression. It is through such analysis of these characters that the problems faced by women in modern Japan are scrutinized and brought to attention. Even though Murakami himself has written essays that can appear contrary to the complete liberation of Japanese women, his texts are nevertheless significant is drawing attention and sympathy to their problems.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.7275/17744253

First Advisor

Amanda C. Seaman

Second Advisor

Bruce Baird

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License

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