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Performing the Nation: Magazine Images of Women and Girls in the Illustrations of Takabatake Kasho, 1925-1937

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Hartley, BT, Performing the Nation: Magazine Images of Women and Girls in the Illustrations of Takabatake Kasho, 1925-1937 , Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, (16) EJ ISSN 1440-9151 (2008) [Refereed Article]


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Abstract

This article examines the complex ways in which popular visual culture can operate subtly and obliquely to encourage the citizens of the nation state to perform the gender norms stipulated by the authorities wielding power in that state while also eliciting a sense of freedom in the viewing subject. The materials examined are visual images of girls and women featured in magazine illustrations produced between 1925 and 1937 by one of pre-war Japan’s most prominent and popular illustrators, Takabatake Kashō (1888–1966). Although Kashō was also a prolific artist of representations of men and boys, this discussion will concern only his feminine images and the powerful and seductive set of gender norms this material presented for many viewing women and girls.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Gender studies
Research Field:Gender relations
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Hartley, BT (Dr Barbara Hartley)
ID Code:51870
Year Published:2008
Deposited By:Asian Languages and Studies
Deposited On:2008-05-06
Last Modified:2013-11-22
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