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Murai, Mayako. "Guro-Kawaii Re-Envisionings of Fairy Tales in Contemporary Japanese Art." Postmodern Reinterpretations of Fairy Tales. How Applying New Methods Generates New Meanings. Ed. Anna Kérchy. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen, 2011. 145–62. 
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Resource type: Book Chapter
Language: en: English
BibTeX citation key: Murai2011
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Keywords: "Cinderalla", "Princess Mermaid", Adaptation, Fairy tale, Gender, Horror, Intermediality, Japan, Manga, Mizuno. Junko, Sexuality, Style
Creators: Kérchy, Murai
Publisher: Edwin Mellen (Lewiston)
Collection: Postmodern Reinterpretations of Fairy Tales. How Applying New Methods Generates New Meanings
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Abstract
Mayako Murai examines the post-feminist aesthetics of guro kawaii (grotesque cute) re-envisionings of fairy tales in contemporary Japanese women artists' work. Junko Mizuno's fairy-tale manga flaunts female sexuality in a grotesquely distorted way so as to disrupt gender stereotypes propagated by traditional tales. Miwa Yanagi's photographic recasting creates an all-female narrative space where desire is oriented towards a radical sameness. Tomoko Konoike's work, instead of retelling old stories, evokes a different narrative desire through its intensely sensuous texturisation. The fairy-tale uncanny gives the viewer freedom to explore alternative modes of desiring in a post-feminist and post-humanist age.
  
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