The genealogy of hirahira: liminality and the girl

Honda, Masuko, Aoyama, Tomoko (Trans.) and Hartley, Barbara (Trans.) (2010). The genealogy of hirahira: liminality and the girl. In Tomoko Aoyama and Barbara Hartley (Ed.), Girl reading girl in Japan (pp. 19-37) New York, U.S.A.: Routledge.

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Author Honda, Masuko
Aoyama, Tomoko (Trans.)
Hartley, Barbara (Trans.)
Title of chapter The genealogy of hirahira: liminality and the girl
Formatted title
The genealogy of hirahira: liminality and the girl
Title of book Girl reading girl in Japan
Place of Publication New York, U.S.A.
Publisher Routledge
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Open Access Status
Year available 2009
Series Asia's Transformations
ISBN 0203869060
Editor Tomoko Aoyama
Barbara Hartley
Chapter number 2
Start page 19
End page 37
Total pages 19
Total chapters 14
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subjects 950203 Languages and Literature
200518 Literature in Japanese
200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality
Original Creative Work - Other
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Girl Reading Girl provides the first overview of the cultural significance of girls and reading in modern and contemporary Japan with emphasis on the processes involved when girls read about other girls. The collection examines the reading practices of real life girls from differing social backgrounds throughout the twentieth century while a number of chapters also consider how fictional girls read attention is given to the diverse cultural representations of the girl, or shôjo, who are the objects of the reading desires of Japan’s real life and fictional girls. These representations appear in various genres, including prose fiction, such as Yoshiya Nobuko’s Flower Stories and Takemoto Nobara’s Kamikaze Girls, and manga, such as Yoshida Akimi’s The Cherry Orchard. This volume presents the work of pioneering women scholars in the field of girl studies including translations of a ground-breaking essay by Honda Masuko on reading girls and Kawasaki Kenko’s response to prejudicial masculine critiques of best-selling novelist, Yoshimoto Banana. Other topics range from the reception of Anne of Green Gables in Japan to girls who write and read male homoerotic narratives.
Keyword Japan
Gender studies
Reading experience
Q-Index Code BX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Translated by Tomoko Aoyama and Barbara Hartley. Not HERDC-eligible as it is a translation only. No evidence required, but asked by auditing team to include in Trial collection.

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