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Interpretative negotiation with gender norms in shōjo manga adaptations of The Changelings

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The Changelings is a classic work of traditional Japanese literature. In the modern era, it has been adapted into Japanese comics repeatedly. This article examines three shōjo manga, or girls' comics, adaptations of The Changelings published between 1984 and 2018. Taken together, the three manga evidence the different situations in which women were embedded in the 1980s and the 2010s and provide different interpretative alternatives to female readers. Manga adaptations of The Changelings crystallized gender norms in Japanese society and women's responses to and struggles with those norms by taking advantage of the gender-switching plot that originated in the twelfth century.
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Keywords: The Changelings; cross-dressing; gender; girls' culture; literature; manga; shōjo

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: 0000000121509437 Senshu University, Japan 2: 0000000121509437 University of Tsukuba, Japan

Publication date: December 1, 2019

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  • Adaptation, or the conversion of oral, historical or fictional narratives into stage drama has been common practice for centuries. In our own time the processes of cross-generic transformation continue to be extremely important in theatre as well as in the film and other media industries. Adaptation and the related areas of translation and intertextuality continue to have a central place in our culture with a profound resonance across our civilisation.
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