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Ono, Yoko. "Listen to Me: Influence of Shojo manga on contemporary Japanese women’s writing." Writing and Seeing. Essays on Word and Image. Eds. Rui Carvalho Homem and Maria de Fátima Lambert. Internationale Forschungen zur allgemeinen und vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft. Amsterdam [etc.]: Rodopi, 2006. 323–29. 
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Resource type: Book Chapter
Language: en: English
BibTeX citation key: Ono2006
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Categories: General
Keywords: Intermediality, Japan, Literature, Manga
Creators: Homem, Lambert, Ono
Publisher: Rodopi (Amsterdam [etc.])
Collection: Writing and Seeing. Essays on Word and Image
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This article discusses the correlation between contemporary Japanese literature and manga (Japanese graphic novels or comics), particularly from the point of view of gender studies. Manga has long been popular in Japan and, unlike European or American graphic novels/comics, it has a variety of types/genres, targeted at diverse age groups, of both sexes. Among them is a unique genre called shojo manga (comics for girls). Until recently, scholars have considered manga merely a popular and low culture genre, and very little study has been attempted. However, the strong influence of shojo manga on contemporary Japanese literature, particularly on women’s writing, highlights significant aspects of gender in Japanese society, and is worth our serious consideration. The author begins by comparing the techniques of visual/verbal expressions in shojo manga with the writing techniques of contemporary female writers such as Banana Yoshimoto and Amy Yamada, as well as other writers of the Cobalt series, or “teenage girls’ novels,” to show their respective development. She then demonstrates their similarities, not only in form but also in substance, and discusses their impact on the readers’ consciousness. Finally, the author clarifies the correlation between these two media, and why both media are (generally) created by women and for women, as well as the reasons why they are widely supported by women today.
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