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Passionate Friendship: The Aesthetics of Girl's Culture in Japan

Deborah Shamoon

Abstract

Shōjo manga are romance comics for teenage girls. Characterized by a very dense visual style, featuring flowery backgrounds and big-eyed, androgynous boys and girls, it is an extremely popular and prominent genre in Japan. Why is this genre so appealing? Where did it come from? Why do so many of the stories feature androgynous characters and homosexual romance? This book answers these questions by reviewing Japanese girls' print culture from its origins in 1920s and 1930s girls' literary magazines to the 1970s “revolution” shōjo manga when young women artists took over the genre. The book trac ... More

Keywords: shōjo manga, romance comics, teenage girls, print culture, Japanese girls, women artists, girlhood, S relationships, passionate friendships, sexuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780824835422
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824835422.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Deborah Shamoon, author
National University of Singapore