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Contemporary Japanese Women's Theatre and Visual Arts: Performing Girls' Aesthetics by Nobuko Anan (review)

Contemporary Japanese Women's Theatre and Visual Arts: Performing Girls' Aesthetics by Nobuko... Book Reviews CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE WOMEN’S THEATRE AND VISUAL ARTS: PERFORMING GIRLS’ AESTHETICS. By Nobuko Anan. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 209 pp. Cloth, $90.00. It has been long since the Japanese media and scholarly circles began discussing the cuteness (kawaii) of Japanese culture. There is no doubt that cuteness is a double-edged tool for Japanese women. Can we really call the girls of the theatre group YUBIWA Hotel in the cover photo of the book cute and innocent? Am I the only one who feels the strong will behind their Mona Lisa “uncatchable smile”? Nobuko Anan, calling herself “a girl researcher,” examines what she calls “girls’ aesthetics” in Japanese contemporary performance and visual arts. The incisively chosen examples for the monograph support the originality of her argument for girls’ aesthetics. The book is a precious source for Englishspeaking scholars who would like to know about Japanese women’s creativity in the 1970s and onward. The examples vary from two-dimensional manga to three-dimensional dance, theatre, film, and visual artwork. Her analytical approaches derive from a variety of fields, including theatre and performance studies, history, sociology, psychology, and gender studies. She interrogates new concepts of female bodies referring to critical theorists from the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

Contemporary Japanese Women's Theatre and Visual Arts: Performing Girls' Aesthetics by Nobuko Anan (review)

Asian Theatre Journal , Volume 34 (2) – Aug 14, 2017

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Book Reviews CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE WOMEN’S THEATRE AND VISUAL ARTS: PERFORMING GIRLS’ AESTHETICS. By Nobuko Anan. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 209 pp. Cloth, $90.00. It has been long since the Japanese media and scholarly circles began discussing the cuteness (kawaii) of Japanese culture. There is no doubt that cuteness is a double-edged tool for Japanese women. Can we really call the girls of the theatre group YUBIWA Hotel in the cover photo of the book cute and innocent? Am I the only one who feels the strong will behind their Mona Lisa “uncatchable smile”? Nobuko Anan, calling herself “a girl researcher,” examines what she calls “girls’ aesthetics” in Japanese contemporary performance and visual arts. The incisively chosen examples for the monograph support the originality of her argument for girls’ aesthetics. The book is a precious source for Englishspeaking scholars who would like to know about Japanese women’s creativity in the 1970s and onward. The examples vary from two-dimensional manga to three-dimensional dance, theatre, film, and visual artwork. Her analytical approaches derive from a variety of fields, including theatre and performance studies, history, sociology, psychology, and gender studies. She interrogates new concepts of female bodies referring to critical theorists from the

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Asian Theatre JournalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Aug 14, 2017

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