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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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Seizing the Spotlight, Staging the Self

Seizing the Spotlight, Staging the Self

Uchida Shungiku

(p.151) Chapter 8 Seizing the Spotlight, Staging the Self
Diva Nation

Amanda C. Seaman

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the life and works of Uchida Shungiku and focuses on how she recasts the traumas in her life, including rape and an unexpected pregnancy. As she matured as a woman and as an artist, her roles move from actor to educator to humorist, and she uses her experiences to educate her readers, who are primarily women, about the institutional sexism that women face, as embodied by her own experiences. Her outspokenness and honesty has made her a transgressive figure in Japanese society. She accomplishes this stance through the skillful deployment of humor and anger in literature, manga, and drama.

Keywords:   Uchida Shungiku, pregnancy, birth, humor, sexuality, transgressive

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