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dc.contributor.advisor DeRosa, Aaron
dc.contributor.author Santos, Jessica
dc.date.accessioned 2019-11-22T23:48:19Z
dc.date.available 2019-11-22T23:48:19Z
dc.date.issued 2019-11-22
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/214296
dc.description.abstract The westernization of Japan has led many controversies in Japanese culture to come to light like sexuality. In early Japanese culture, the beliefs from Japan's Buddhist religion sees women as below man and considered worthy for Hell. Thus, they were not given a voice in society or politics; yet, in early Japan's subculture, women were idolized for their sexuality. Throughout the years, these perspectives have developed and allowed women to surface but with several limitations. One of Japan's most controversially westernized author's Haruki Murakami wrote Norwegian Wood in which a young man is surrounded by three female characters individually facing their sexuality through their public and private life. Even though much of the discussion surrounding Murakami is if his novels hold any significance in traditional Japanese culture which according to several critics, he does not, Murakami's recognition of Japan's history in the novel argues otherwise. By using a feminist lens, one can note how Murakami's novel exemplifies the modernization of women in Japanese society through three prominent female characters each at different points of sexual acceptance. Throughout the character's lives, they are not only examples of how women struggle with accepting their sexuality but in what could be the future of women in Japan who continue to struggle with themselves and the public's view of them. Murakami is essentially not forgetting the history of Japan, instead he is using it to better understand Japanese culture today and alter the future prospect of women within Japan's society. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Japanese culture en_US
dc.subject westernization en_US
dc.subject controversies en_US
dc.title The Modern Japanese Woman Question en_US
dc.type Abstract en_US
dc.type Presentation en_US
dc.type Student Research en_US

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