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The Monstrous-Feminine in Contemporary Japanese Popular Culture

Raechel Dumas
Format
Book
Published
Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2018]
Language
English
Series
East Asian Popular Culture
East Asian Popular Culture (New York, N.Y.)
ISBN
9783319924649, 3319924648
Summary
"This book explores the monstrous-feminine in Japanese popular culture, produced from the late years of the 1980s through to the new millennium. Raechel Dumas examines the role of female monsters in selected works of fiction, manga, film, and video games, offering a trans-genre, trans-media analysis of this enduring trope. The book focuses on several iterations of the monstrous-feminine in contemporary Japan: the self-replicating shōjo in horror, monstrous mothers in science fiction, female ghosts and suburban hauntings in cinema, female monsters and public violence in survival horror games, and the rebellious female body in mytho-fiction. Situating the titles examined here amid discourses of crisis that have materialized in contemporary Japan, Dumas illuminates the ambivalent pleasure of the monstrous-feminine as a trope that both articulates anxieties centered on shifting configurations of subjectivity and nationhood, and elaborates novel possibilities for identity negotiation and social formation in a period marked by dramatic change."--
Contents
  • Open wounds: situating the monstrous-feminine in contemporary Japan
  • The girls that never end: the infinite seduction of Tomie and Ring
  • Xenogenesis: monstrous mothers and evolutionary horrors in contemporary Japanese science fiction
  • Faces of horror, dances of death: female revenants and suburban hauntings in new millennial Japanese horror films
  • Corrupted innocence, sacred violence, and gynoid becomings: the monstrous-feminine on the gaming scene.
Description
ix, 217 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Technical Details
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