Exploring Fatherhood within Contemporary Japanese Literature: An Analysis of Kakuta Mitsuyo's Literature
4-9 , 2016-03-31 , お茶の水女子大学大学院人間文化創成科学研究科
Motherhood, and the mother/ daughter relationship are recurrent themes in researches about\Japanese literature. On the other hand, not much has been said about fathers, to the extent that some\critics have argued that the absence of the father could be considered the tendency of Japanese fiction\in 2012, as well as a prophecy about the future of Japanese society. However, are really fathers absent\from contemporary literature? In this paper I will analyze the role of the father in Kakuta Mitsuyo's\works, focusing in particular on Boku wa kimi no oniisan (1996) and Kiddonappu Tsuā (1998). Kakuta\Mitsuyo has been writing fiction centered on the family, focusing particularly on the mother-daughter\relationship. The novels examined in this paper, narrated from the daughter's point of view, focused\instead on the father/ daughter relationship: thus, they give us the chance to analyze the “Japanese\modern family” in Kakuta's works from a different perspective. In this paper I will focus on the way\these works reveal that the “ collapse of patriarchy ” has caused a change within the home, giving\fathers and daughters the chance to build up a new relationship, and new definitions for the “modern\Japanese family”.