Passionate Friendship explores shojo manga, romance comics for teenage girls, by reviewing Japanese girls+å print culture from its origins in 1920s and 1930s girls+å literary magazines to the 1970s +¦revolution+¦ shojo manga, when young women artists took over the genre. It looks at the narrative and aesthetic features of girls+å literature and illustration across the twentieth century and discusses how these texts addressed and formed a reading community of girls, even as they were informed by competing political and social ideologies. The author traces the development of girls+å culture in pre-World War II magazines and links it to postwar teenage girls+å comics and popular culture. Within this culture a discourse of girlhood arose that avoided heterosexual romance in favor of +¦S relationships,+¦ passionate friendships between girls, a preference for homogeneity echoed in the postwar genre of boys+å love manga written for girls. Both prewar S relationships and postwar boys+å love stories gave girls a protected space to develop and explore their identities and sexuality apart from the pressures of a patriarchal society. Shojo manga offered girls a place to share the difficulties of adolescence as well as an alternative to the image of girls purveyed by the media to boys and men. Book jacket.
University of Hawaii Press
The Aesthetics of Girls' Culture in Japan
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