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Manga Cultures and the Female Gaze

Book

Part of the East Asian Popular Culture book series (EAPC)

About this book

Introduction

The female gaze is used by writers and readers to examine narratives from a perspective that sees women as subjects instead of objects, and the application of a female gaze to male-dominated discourses can open new avenues of interpretation. This book explores how female manga artists have encouraged the female gaze within their work and how female readers have challenged the male gaze pervasive in many forms of popular media. Each of the chapters offers a close reading of influential manga and fancomics to illustrate the female gaze as a mode of resistant reading and creative empowerment. By employing a female gaze, professional and amateur creators are able to shape and interpret texts in a manner that emphasizes the role of female characters while challenging and reconfiguring gendered themes and issues.

Kathryn Hemmann received a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and is the author of numerous essays on Japanese fiction, graphic novels, and video games. They also run the blog Contemporary Japanese Literature (japaneselit.net), which features reviews of fiction in translation and posts on gender, society, and popular culture.

Keywords

Female Gaze Female Fandom Global Fandom Manga Japanese Popular Culture

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.East Asian Languages and CivilizationsUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

About the authors

Kathryn Hemmann received a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and is the author of numerous essays on Japanese fiction, graphic novels, and video games. They also run the blog Contemporary Japanese Literature (japaneselit.net), which features reviews of fiction in translation and posts on gender, society, and popular culture.

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