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Diva Nation: Female Icons from Japanese Cultural History

Laura Miller and Rebecca Copeland


Diva Nation explores the constructed nature of female iconicity. From ancient goddesses and queens to modern singers and writers, each chapter critically reconsiders the female icon, tracing how she has been offered up for emulation, debate, or censure. Diva Nation stems from our curiosity over the insistent presence of female figures who refuse to sit quietly on the sidelines of history but have not been admitted into mainstream scholarship or routine knowledge. Our case studies move beyond archival portraits to consider historically and culturally informed diva imagery and diva lore. We ask ... More

Keywords: diva, myth, gender, nationhood, performance, iconicity, icon, representation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780520297722
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520297722.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Miller, editor
University of Missouri-St. Louis

Rebecca Copeland, editor
Washington University

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