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TakarazukaSexual Politics and Popular Culture in Modern Japan$
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Jennifer Robertson

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780520211506

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520211506.001.0001

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Writing Fans

Writing Fans

(p.177) 5 Writing Fans

Jennifer Robertson

University of California Press

This chapter explores the text-making activities of fans in the form of fan magazines and fan letters, and the imaginary but contingent worlds they conjure up, looking at the supposedly unorthodox script in which fan letters are written, a script labeled “abnormal shōjo script” by detractors. It also discusses the homoerotic aesthetic linking the Takarazuka actors and the New Half phenomenon in Japan, speculating about androgyny as a body politics that serves to interrogate the naturalized dualities of male and female, masculine and feminine, and Japanese and others.

Keywords:   fan magazines, fan letters, abnormal shōjo script, homoerotic aesthetic, androgyny, Takarazuka actors, modern Japan

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