Power, Violence, and Language in the Age of High Economic Growth
This concluding chapter considers how the literary feminist agenda of Kōno Taeko, Takahashi Takako, and Kurahashi Yumiko is linked to the goals of the “women's liberation” movement of the 1970s. In particular, it discusses the function of power, violence, and language in each type of feminist discourse and how they limit the way Kōno, Takahashi, and Kurahashi are able to express, envision, and theorize new forms of feminine subjectivity. The chapter also examines how these women's fictional narratives envision feminine as engendered within networks of power, through violence that shapes their expression in language and yields a form of feminist discourse that is profoundly conflicted in its articulation of “femininity.” Finally, it assesses some of the theoretical implications of the three women writers' contributions to second-wave feminist discourse that would later give rise to an explicitly political movement.
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