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East Asian Popular Culture

Manga Cultures and the Female Gaze

Authors: Hemmann, Kathryn

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  • Focuses on how female manga artists have encouraged the female gaze within their work and how female readers have challenged the male gaze common in many forms of popular media
  • Engages with the most current discussions in the fields of Japan Studies, Media Studies, and Fandom Studies, especially discussions surrounding female and queer sexualities and the role of women in the creation and transformation of media cultures
  • Details how erotic elements of the female gaze may be used to suggest subversive interpretations of the overt or implicit phallocentrism of many forms of mainstream media
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The female gaze is used by writers and readers to examine narratives from a perspective that sees women as subjects instead of objects, and the application of a female gaze to male-dominated discourses can open new avenues of interpretation. This book explores how female manga artists have encouraged the female gaze within their work and how female readers have challenged the male gaze pervasive in many forms of popular media. Each of the chapters offers a close reading of influential manga and fancomics to illustrate the female gaze as a mode of resistant reading and creative empowerment. By employing a female gaze, professional and amateur creators are able to shape and interpret texts in a manner that emphasizes the role of female characters while challenging and reconfiguring gendered themes and issues.

About the authors

Kathryn Hemmann received a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and is the author of numerous essays on Japanese fiction, graphic novels, and video games. They also run the blog Contemporary Japanese Literature (japaneselit.net), which features reviews of fiction in translation and posts on gender, society, and popular culture.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction: Interrogating the Text from the Wrong Perspective

    Pages 1-16

    Hemmann, Kathryn

  • Short Skirts, Superpowers, and the Evolution of the Beautiful Fighting Girl

    Pages 17-46

    Hemmann, Kathryn

  • The Maiden and the Witch: CLAMP’s Subversion of Female Character Tropes

    Pages 47-75

    Hemmann, Kathryn

  • Queering the Media Mix: The Female Gaze in Japanese Fancomics

    Pages 77-101

    Hemmann, Kathryn

  • Beautiful War Games: Transfiguring Genders in Video Game Fancomics

    Pages 103-123

    Hemmann, Kathryn

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  • ISBN 978-3-030-18095-9
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Hardcover $79.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Manga Cultures and the Female Gaze
Authors
Series Title
East Asian Popular Culture
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-18095-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-18095-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-18094-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 173
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations, 9 illustrations in colour
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