Girl Reading Girl in Japan

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-11-20
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Provides the first comprehensive overview of the cultural significance of the reading practices of the girl, or sh˘jo , in modern and contemporary Japan and thereby invites a re-assessment of core propositions about gender norms in Japanese society.

Author Biography

Tomoko Aoyama is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies at The University of Queensland, Australia. Barbara Hartley is a Lecturer in the School of Asian Languages and Studies at The University of Tasmania, Australia.

Table of Contents

List of figuresp. xiii
List of contributorsp. xiv
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
The Great March Forward of All Girls Who Support the Eternal Girlp. 15
Genealogy of the reading girlp. 17
The genealogy of hirahira: liminality and the girlp. 19
The genealogy of the "girl" critic reading girlp. 38
The climate of the girl in Yoshimoto Banana: ???!?!?p. 50
Reading against social constraintp. 65
Volatility and diversity: Shiraki Shizu and the reading girlp. 67
Ribbons undone: the sh?jo story debates in prewar Japanp. 80
Japanese girls' comfort reading of Anne of Green Gablesp. 92
The erotic reading girlp. 105
Matsuura Rieko's The Reverse Version: the theme of "girl-addressing-girl" and male homosexual fantasiesp. 107
Murakami Haruki's sh?jo: Kasahara Meip. 119
A girl with her writing machinep. 130
Reading the performing and visual girlp. 143
Transcending gender in pictorial representations of Miyazawa Kenji's "Marivuron and the girl"p. 145
From The Cherry Orchard to Sakura no sono: translation and the transfiguration of gender and sexuality in sh?jo mangap. 160
Girls reading Harry Potter, girls writing desire: amateur manga and shdjo reading practicesp. 174
Reading Lolita in Japanp. 187
Bibliographyp. 202
Indexp. 217
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