From musume (daughters) to shojo (girls): representations of young women in modern Japanese literature (2005–2007)

The project investigates the construction and representation of young women in twentieth-century Japanese literature. The central thesis is that the predominant image has changed from that of the musume i.e. daughters governed by the patriarchal family system to that of the sh jo or girls/ young women with their own creative critical and cultural if not social or political power. Through a workshop a collective volume and a series of papers the project will pioneer in the investigation of the change with special focus on: 1) gender and sexuality; 2) intertextuality; 3) cross-cultural experience; and 4) language and style
Grant type:
ARC Discovery Projects
Funded by:
Australian Research Council