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Matsumoto Katsuji: Modern Tomboys and Early Shōjo Manga

  • Ryan Holmberg
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels book series (PSCGN)

Abstract

This chapter looks at how this seminal figure in prewar Japanese girls’ culture responded to discourses about proper femininity in the early Shōwa period (1926–45). It shows how Matsumoto sourced positively from Hollywood and the flapper-type moga (‘modern girl’) to craft models of athletic and assertive girlhood that differs starkly from the wispy, homoerotic figures that traditionally dominate narratives of early shōjo culture.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ryan Holmberg
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  1. 1.The University of TokyoTokyoJapan

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