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Making IconsRepetition and the Female Image in Japanese Cinema, 1945-1964$
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Jennifer Coates

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208999

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208999.001.0001

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The Suffering Mother Trope

The Suffering Mother Trope

(p.68) 2 The Suffering Mother Trope
Making Icons

Jennifer Coates

Hong Kong University Press

Chapter 2 analyses the ‘suffering mother’ trope, comparing the character to contemporary depictions of modern housewives. The historical contexts of the period are explored, positioning the mother trope in relation to post-war social change. Finally, changes in the mother trope after the 1950s are investigated and contextualized within discourses of war guilt and anti-nuclear protest. Case studies include the popular hahamono ‘mother film’ Tragedy of Japan (Nihon no higeki, Kinoshita Keisuke, 1953), and Being Two Isn’t Easy (Watashi wa ni sai, Ichikawa Kon, 1962).

Keywords:   Mother, hahamono, guilt, nuclear, protest, domestic

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