The Maiden Switch: New Possibilities for Understanding Japanese Shōjo Manga (Girls’ Comics)

  title={The Maiden Switch: New Possibilities for Understanding Japanese Shōjo Manga (Girls’ Comics)},
  author={Lucy Fraser and Masafumi Monden},
  journal={Asian Studies Review},
  pages={544 - 561}
Abstract This paper aims to expand the scope of studies of Japanese shōjo manga (girls’ comics) by examining early 1980s and 1990s shōjo manga that were primarily targeted at the youngest band of readers, stories with early adolescent heroines in light, romantic, and fairytale-like narratives. These have been paid comparatively little scholarly attention thus far compared with texts that enact more explicit gender subversion, such as stories that feature same-sex male love and cross-dressed… 
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