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Diva NationFemale Icons from Japanese Cultural History$
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Laura Miller and Rebecca Copeland

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520297722

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520297722.001.0001

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Kirino Natsuo Meets Izanami

Kirino Natsuo Meets Izanami

Angry Divas Talking Back

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(p.13) Chapter 1 Kirino Natsuo Meets Izanami
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Diva Nation
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Rebecca Copeland

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520297722.003.0003

Kirino Natsuo picks up where the Kojiki leaves off in Joshinki (The Goddess Chronicle), her creative retelling of the Izanami-Izanagi myth sequence. She invents an afterlife for the goddess Izanami. In so doing, Kirino defies earlier gendered stereotypes by reconstituting Izanami with a diva-esque interiority. Izanami is furious that she has been locked in the underworld while her male partner roams the world freely. Her anger spills over into the imaginary human world Kirino designs, and it disrupts the myths that have been invented to keep female desire in check. Using Lauren Berlant’s notion of the “diva citizen,” this chapter finds in the angry voices of both Izanami and her author, Kirino, a creative force meant to challenge and change social and institutional practices of gender discrimination.

Keywords:   myth, anger, diva, goddess, gender, Kirino, Kojiki, Izanami

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