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40c. The Mobilization of Shōjo Culture pt. 2

The theatrical elite that seek to shape Maya’s destiny have, quite literally, no regard for her genetic family, only for how her social relations might be reshaped so as to further their own ends. Similarly, as we see in the kindai period, education, particularly those educational institutions created to serve elite/bourgeois ends, fractures family in service of a society largely beyond the individual’s control but to which the state demands a precise form of obeisance. Contemporary Japanese society has not escaped this mobilization of shōjo culture–if anything, it has simply adopted a new mask.

30. Manga in Review – Ariyoshi Kyōko’s SWAN

I’m not really much of a fan of writing reviews, though I read do occasionally read them.  I know some people who read any and everything someone writes about them, which always seems to me to represent a kind of self-defeating narcissism: narcissistic, because judgments of one’s work always have to be viewed through how […]

28c. White Lines – Shōjo Manga and Racial Difference

Shōjo manga draws a great deal of critical attention, because its very existence as both a demographic and conceptual category, for better or for worse, foregrounds questions of gender to the same degree that shōnen, as I have previously argued, tries to minimize them.  Shōjo manga seem to play with gender and how gender is construed, romantically […]

19b. Manga (f.) – Anno Moyoko’s “Man” Women

Last week, through the lens of French appropriation, I dabbled a bit with the idea of a feminized manga that, in the limited juxtaposition of Boilet’s nouvelle manga manifesto, made sense as a form of opposition both to a certain stereotype of manga in France (i.e. action/adventure dominated comics for adolescent males) and to a […]

16. Who is reading shōjo manga?

To continue somewhat from last week’s consideration of Yoshizaki Seimu’s Kingyoya koshoten and the idea that the people who read comics aren’t always what you think they are, I want to think somewhat broadly about shōjo manga and whether, as a demographically oriented comic type, it should be meaningfully construed as “for girls.”  I have already […]