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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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
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Centres > Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 29 May 2018 11:31
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2023 13:23
DOI: 10.1080/09502386.2017.1394344


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