Minstrelized girls: male performers of Japan's Lolita complex

  title={Minstrelized girls: male performers of Japan's Lolita complex},
  author={Sharon Kinsella},
  journal={Japan Forum},
  pages={65 - 87}
Abstract There may be a useful parallel between the intense male cultural interest in and production of girl (shōjo/gyaru) characters in modern Japan, particularly in the last two decades of the twentieth century, and the phenomenon of blackface minstrelsy in the north-eastern states of America in the mid-nineteenth century. Between the 1840s and the 1880s white vaudeville entertainers, including a high proportion of Irish men, blacked up with greasepaint, or burnt cork, and adopted comically… 

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