Mediating memory: Shōjo and war memory in classical narrative Japanese cinema

Coates, Jennifer (2018) Mediating memory: Shōjo and war memory in classical narrative Japanese cinema. Cultural Studies, 32 (1). pp. 105-125. ISSN 0950-2386

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    Abstract

    Considering the impact of the trope of the shōjo, or girl trope in post-war Japanese cinema, this paper argues for the repeated motif as a key factor in the creation of a particular affective economy around the memorialization of war in Japan. I trace the development of the shōjo motif from the post-defeat era through the anti-nuclear films and activist movements of the early 1950s to show how the affect generated by the repeated trope drew real-life events into a persuasive cycle of repetition. The tone of this repeated trope thereby came to dominate the practice of public memorialization of war in Japan. Today’s post-pacifist Japan is informed by these past moments in the memorializing process, which impact on contemporary anti-war and anti-nuclear protests.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: war,memory,media,japan,shōjo,affect
    Faculty \ School: ?? SIJ ??
    Depositing User: Pure Connector
    Date Deposited: 29 May 2018 12:31
    Last Modified: 25 Jul 2018 14:54
    URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/67221
    DOI: 10.1080/09502386.2017.1394344

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