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Countdown to the demise of girls' novels


Yoriko, K and Hartley, B, Countdown to the demise of girls' novels, US - Japan Women's Journal: English Supplement, 62 pp. 133-14. ISSN 1059-9770 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1353/jwj.2022.0012


Japan, shōjo shōsetsu, or girls' novels, have been a fixture in the field of popular literature for at least the past century. In recent decades, the principal publisher of this narrative form has been Shūeisha's Cobalt Library (Kobaruto bunko). However, with material no longer published in print form and with Shūeisha establishing a new Orange Library (Orenji bunko) series of "light novels" (raito noberu, easy to read stories for young adult readers), to which many previous Cobalt writers have migrated, it appears that the shōjo shōsetsu genre may well disappear. This article positions the historic and more recent production of girls' novels within the socio-historic parameters of Japanese society to investigate the apparent demise of works of this nature. In doing so, connections are made between the shōjo shōsetsu and the gender norms that have marginalized Japanese women in the past and that arguably continue to do so today.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Literary studies
Research Field:Literature in Japanese
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Asia's past
UTAS Author:Hartley, B (Dr Barbara Hartley)
ID Code:155385
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2023-02-17
Last Modified:2023-02-23

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