Chapter

Writing Fans

Jennifer Robertson

in Takarazuka

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780520211506
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520920125 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520211506.003.0006
Writing Fans

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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

Chapter.  9914 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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