Dismembered but not disembodied: The girl's body in Yumeno Kyusaku's stories

Aoyama, Tomoko (2008) Dismembered but not disembodied: The girl's body in Yumeno Kyusaku's stories. Asian Studies Review, 32 3: 307-322. doi:10.1080/10357820802294115

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Author Aoyama, Tomoko
Title Dismembered but not disembodied: The girl's body in Yumeno Kyusaku's stories
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Dismembered but not disembodied: The girl's body in Yumeno Kyūsaku's stories
Journal name Asian Studies Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1035-7823
Publication date 2008-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10357820802294115
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 32
Issue 3
Start page 307
End page 322
Total pages 16
Editor M. Stivens
T. Aoyama, (Guest Editor)
Place of publication Abingdon U.K.
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject C1
950203 Languages and Literature
200518 Literature in Japanese
200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality
Formatted abstract
All of the girl protagonists discussed here use their bodies in one way or another to destabilise gender, cultural and socio-political boundaries and hierarchies. Some of them use the media discourse that would normally work against them or restrict their freedom in acrobatic ways to cater to their ends, which could be revenge, protest or the pursuit or revelation of hidden truth. Yumeno does not hesitate to introduce vulgar or discriminatory language and violent scenes. One of the most recurrent disturbances concerns reproduction and pregnancy. By depicting the uncanniness, horror, and foreignness surrounding and caused by pregnancy, Yumeno shows us again and again the falsehood of good wife, wise mother and many other myths and constructions. These highly original and powerful girl characters, however, have tended to be neglected or distorted by even devoted Yumeno fans and readers. Even the Martian girl, for instance, loses her “grotesque” power, although in a way unsurprisingly, in the 1977 Nikkatsu roman poruno [soft porn] directed by Konuma Masaru. It is high time to reclaim and recognise the shōjo in Yumeno’s literature, not from the conventional author-centred viewpoint or from the male scopophilic viewpoint, but from the viewpoints of the androgenous, displaced but highly powerful shōjo.
Keyword Yumeno Kyusaku
Japanese literature
Gender studies
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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