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Women, Clothing, Cultural Representation and Modern Japan
This book, a unique contribution to the field of kimono and Japan-related clothing studies, challenges uncritical readings of clothing from the lives of Japanese women and cultural representations of women wearing these clothes. Chapters ground understandings of clothing, including kimono, in the lived experience of different groups of women in modern Japan.
Also discussing cosplay outside Japan, the collection argues that items worn by women are produced and consumed in a gendered and highly politicised socio-historical environment. Examining, for example, women’s recent renewed enthusiasm for kimono, in addition to representations of monpe, kimono and other attire in film and narrative, the book includes three new translations of clothing commentary by women writers from Japan.
Contributors are: Tomoko Aoyama, Yasuko Claremont, Sheila Cliffe, Barbara Hartley, Helen Kilpatrick, Emerald King, Machiko Iwahashi, Komashaku Kimi, Rio Otomo, Sata Ineko, Jennifer Scott, and Shirasu Masako.
Individual Actors, Concepts, and Transnational Connections
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What role did gender play in fascist visions and politics? The contributions in this volume map the category of gender in modern forms of political organisation and mobilisation of women and men; in propaganda and in the disciplining of bodies. In this theoretical framework, gender and fascism are seen as deeply intertwined. ‘Gendering fascism’ denotes a paradigmatic lens through which to explore the configurations, strategies, and technologies of fascist imaginaries and politics. Presenting empirical case studies of Europe, Asia and America as gendered sites of historical and transnational fascist engagement, the volume challenges lingering Eurocentric perspectives in fascism studies.

Contributors are: Ryan Anningson, Anca Axinia, Andrea Germer, Brian J Griffith, Vera Marstaller, Meguro Akane, Toni Morant, Inbal Ofer, Hanna-Leena Paloposki, Andrea Pető, Jasmin Rückert, George Souvlis, Rosa Vasilaki, Caroline Waldron, and Dagmar Wernitznig.
Discourses on Multi-ethnic Empires and Transpacific Japanese Migration from the End of WWI to WWII
Logics of Integration, by Noriaki Hoshino, recounts the history of the relationship between modern Japanese transpacific migration and the formation of two multi-ethnic empires (Japan and the United States), focusing on intellectual discourses about migrants and their descendants.

This book adopts a transnational perspective, juxtaposing two multi-ethnic imperial formations, and develops a theoretical analysis of the discourses on mobility and national/territorial integration. Via this innovative approach, Dr. Hoshino reveals the unique role of Japanese migrants and their representation in the complicated power relationships between the two empires in the modern Pacific world.
A Translation of Mayama Seika’s Genroku Chūshingura
The revenge of the 47 rōnin is the most famous vendetta in Japanese history and it continues to inspire the popular imagination today. Written between 1934 and 1941, Mayama Seika’s ten-play cycle Genroku Chūshingura is a unique retelling of the incident based on his own painstaking research into the historical facts.
Considered a modern masterpiece, it now has a secure place in the Kabuki repertoire and many of the plays are still frequently performed.
For the first time, Seika’s monumental achievement is here translated into English in its complete and original form by three experienced experts in the field.
Among the longest continuously performed dramatic forms in the world, nō and kyōgen have a wealth of connections to Japanese culture more broadly construed. The current book brings together under one cover the most important elements of the history and culture of the two arts, profiting from the research of both Japanese and non-Japanese scholars, and offering many new insights.
It takes a more ambitious view of nō and kyōgen than previous studies and represents the achievements of a diverse range of scholars from a broad range of disciplines.