Bad Girls of Japan

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Laura Miller, Jan Bardsley
Palgrave Macmillan, Dec 10, 2005 - History - 222 pages
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Are bad girls casualties of patriarchy, a necessary evil, or visionary pioneers? The authors in this volume propose shifts in our perceptions of bad girls by providing new ways to understand them through the case of Japan. By tracing the concept of the bad girl as a product of specific cultural assumptions and historical settings, Bad Girls of Japan maps new roads and old detours in revealing a disorderly politics of gender. Bad Girls of Japan explores deviancy in richly diverse media: mountain witches, murderers, performance artists, cartoonists, schoolgirls and shoppers gone wild are all part of the terrain.

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REBECCA COPELAND is an Associate Professor of Japanese literature at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, USA MELANIE CZARNECKI is a Lecturer in the faculty of foreign studies at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan KELLY FOREMAN is a Lecturer in the departments of anthropology and music at Wayne State University, USA SARAH FREDERICK is an Assistant Professor of Japanese literature at Boston University, USA HIROKO HIRAKAWA is an Assistant Professor of Japanese and intercultural studies at Guilford College in North Carolina, USA GRETCHEN JONES is an Assistant Professor of Japanese literature at the University of Maryland, USA SHARON KINSELLA researches in the areas of men's comics, cuteness and infantilism, otaku, corporate culture and girls' culture in contemporary Japan CHRISTINE MARRAN is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, USA KATHERINE MEZUR is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, University of California, USA MIRIAM SILVERBERG is Professor of History at University College Los Angeles, USA NOBUE SUZUKI is Professor of Anthropology at Nagasaki Wesleyan University, Japan