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Shōjo Across Media: Exploring “Girl” Practices in Contemporary Japan
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies, Japanese Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9588-7083
2019 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Since the 2000s, the Japanese word shōjo has gained global currency, accompanying the transcultural spread of other popular Japanese media such as manga and anime. The term refers to both a character type specifically, as well as commercial genres marketed to female audiences more generally. Through its diverse chapters this edited collection introduces the two main currents of shōjo research: on the one hand, historical investigations of Japan’s modern girl culture and its representations, informed by Japanese-studies and gender-studies concerns; on the other hand, explorations of the transcultural performativity of shōjo as a crafted concept and affect-prone code, shaped by media studies, genre theory, and fan-culture research.

While acknowledging that shōjo has mediated multiple discourses throughout the twentieth century—discourses on Japan and its modernity, consumption and consumerism, non-hegemonic gender, and also technology—this volume shifts the focus to shōjo mediations, stretching from media by and for actual girls, to shōjo as media. As a result, the Japan-derived concept, while still situated, begins to offer possibilities for broader conceptualizations of girlness within the contemporary global digital mediascape.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. , p. 397
Series
East Asian Popular Culture
Keywords [en]
girlhood, mediation, japan, subculture, manga, anime
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Cultural Studies Specific Literatures Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
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Japanology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-166307DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-01485-8ISBN: 978-3-030-01484-1 (print)ISBN: 978-3-030-01485-8 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-166307DiVA, id: diva2:1291095
Available from: 2019-02-22 Created: 2019-02-22 Last updated: 2020-01-17Bibliographically approved

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