Osaki Midori and the role of the girl in Showa modernism

Kawasaki, Kenko, Fraser, Lucy (Trans.) and Aoyama, Tomoko (Trans.) (2008) Osaki Midori and the role of the girl in Showa modernism. Asian Studies Review, 32 3: 293-306. doi:10.1080/10357820802299684

Author Kawasaki, Kenko
Fraser, Lucy (Trans.)
Aoyama, Tomoko (Trans.)
Title Osaki Midori and the role of the girl in Showa modernism
Formatted title
Osaki Midori and the role of the girl in Shōwa modernism
Journal name Asian Studies Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1035-7823
Publication date 2008-09-01
Sub-type Creative work
DOI 10.1080/10357820802299684
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 32
Issue 3
Start page 293
End page 306
Total pages 14
Editor M. Stivens
T. Aoyama, (Guest Editor)
Place of publication Abingdon, U.K.
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject CX
950203 Languages and Literature
200518 Literature in Japanese
Original Creative Work - Other
Formatted abstract
Shōjo [girl] culture in Japan is often treated rather narrowly as a moratorium culture, in which the young are able to choose to prolong their adolescence and delay the onset of adulthood. It is assumed to have appealed to generations of Japanese girls expected to become housewives in the new middle class that began to emerge after the Russo-Japanese War (1904-05). However, a closer look at shōjo magazines, illustrations, all-women musical revues and the like reveals a more complex picture, in which girl culture branches out into unique avenues of expression. This goes some way to explaining the prolonged and rich influence shōjo culture continues to exert on contemporary subcultures. It is particularly rewarding to analyse this girl culture from the perspectives of gender, sexuality and class, and to look at the participation of both liminal and border-crossing artists in its expressions. It is also interesting to investigate the expansion, transference and deviations of the concept of shōjo itself in order to contextualise its various cultural manifestations. In the first half of this paper I will discuss the representations of the shōjo in the early Shōwa period (1926-89), since the rise of the “modern girl”. The second half will focus particularly on the writer Osaki Midori (1896-1971) and the figure of the shōjo in some of her texts.
Keyword Literature in Japanese
Osaki Midori
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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