At the center of our work is the figure of the reading girl. For the UTAS version of our exhibition, we were able to take advantage of our library setting and fill the space with books.
Throughout our work there are a number of texts that we return to again and again.
The following list (in no particular order) is by no means exhaustive but should serve as a starting point for your reading:
- Shōjo Across Media: Exploring “Girl” Practices in Contemporary Japan (Ed. Jaqueline Berndt, Fusami Ogi, Kazumi Nagaike. Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)
- Women’s Manga in Asia and Beyond: Uniting Different Cultures and Identities (Ed. Fusami Ogi, Rebecca Suter, Kazumi Nagaike, John. A Lent. Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)
- Ages of Shojo: The Emergence, Evolution and Power of Japanese Girls Magazine Fiction (Hiromi Tsuchiya Dollase, State University of New York Press, 2020)
- Passionate Friendship: The Aesthetics of Girls’ Culture in Japan (Deborah Shamoon, University of Hawai’i Press, 2012)
- Girl Reading Girl in Japan (Ed. Tomoko Aoyama & Barbara Hartley, Routledge, 2010)
- Bad Girls of Japan (Ed. Laura Miller & Jan Bardsley, Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)
- Girls: Feminine Adolescence in Popular Culture and Cultural Theory (Catherine Driscoll, Columbia University Press, 2002).
- Boys’ Love Manga: Essays on the Sexual Ambiguity and Cross-cultural Fandom of the Genre (Ed. Antonia Levi, Mark McHarry, and Dru Pagliassotti, McFarland, 2010).
- International Perspectives on Shojo and Shojo Manga: The Influence of Girl Culture (Masami Toku, Routledge, 2015).