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Passionate FriendshipThe Aesthetics of Girl's Culture in Japan$
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Deborah Shamoon

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835422

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835422.001.0001

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Narrative and Visual Aesthetics of Prewar Girls’ Magazines

Narrative and Visual Aesthetics of Prewar Girls’ Magazines

(p.58) Chapter 3 Narrative and Visual Aesthetics of Prewar Girls’ Magazines
Passionate Friendship

Deborah Shamoon

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses the narrative and visual aesthetics of girls' magazines in Japan during the preward period. More specifically, it examines the illustrations and serialized girls' novels (shōjo shōsetsu) that appeared at the front of each issue of magazines such as Shōjo no tomo, Shōjo club, and Shōjo gahō. The chapter first provides an overview of the art world in prewar Japan before turning to the visual aesthetics of girls' magazines by focusing on the works of Yumeji Takehisa, Takabatake Kashō, and Nakahara Jun'ichi. It also considers the role played by the novelist Yoshiya Nobuko in the formation of girls' novels as a genre. Finally, it explains how serialized novels and the illustrations that accompanied them worked together to create a recognizable aesthetic of girls' culture.

Keywords:   narrative aesthetics, visual aesthetics, girls' magazines, illustrations, girls' novels, art, Yumeji Takehisa, Nakahara Jun'ichi, Yoshiya Nobuko, girls' culture

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