The metamorphosis of female desire: Contemporary Japanese imaginings of "The Little Mermaid"

Fraser, Lucy (2010) The metamorphosis of female desire: Contemporary Japanese imaginings of "The Little Mermaid". East Asia Forum, 13 24-35.

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Author Fraser, Lucy
Title The metamorphosis of female desire: Contemporary Japanese imaginings of "The Little Mermaid"
Journal name East Asia Forum
ISSN 1183-8906
Publication date 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 13
Start page 24
End page 35
Total pages 12
Editor Christina Han
Publisher Department of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Acclaimed animator Miyazaki Hayao's Gake no lie no Ponyo (Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea), and manga (comic book) artist Watanabe Peco's Henshin monogatari (Tales of Metamorphosis) are both twenty-first century retellings of Hans Christian Andersen's classic 1837 fairy tale "The Little Mermaid." The popular story, which was translated into Japanese in 1904, is a powerful narrative of female desire, metamorphosis, silencing, and self-sacrifice. The film and manga both carefully position themselves as modernized adaptations of Andersen's moralizing text, presenting an opportunity to enquire into current understandings and representations of female desire and metamorphosis. In this paper I analyze these two Japanese revisions of a canonical Western fairy tale, examining their contemporary discourses around the power of women's desires, their relationships with metamorphosis, and the extent of their transformations over great cultural, geographical, and temporal distances.
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