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Here it is! My blood, sweat and tears. Still very much a draft since I haven't included the input from my professors yet. Feel free to let me know what you think! I could certainly use the feedback. Also, if you guys have some idea which journals to submit this to, let me know.

Mutilating the Maidens:
Problematizing the Dismemberment
of Female Bodies in CLAMP's Manga X


Re-uploaded: 03-25-2011. The link shouldn't expire anymore!

Please respect my wishes and do not distribute/use this for any other purpose besides personal reading. Thanks!

x-posted to [livejournal.com profile] manga_talk here.

How do you open it?

Date: 2007-06-07 11:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] groovy-guava.livejournal.com
I've downloaded it, it's in pdf format and Word and Reader won't recognize it. :< It also says raw it's already being used by another user or program....

Date: 2007-06-07 04:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] retsuko.livejournal.com
This is GREAT. Seriously, this is excellent work. I am so impressed!

Just one nitpicky note before I ask a few questions: I think substituting the word 'mother' for 'mom' will make your work sound more formal. Since it is an important thematic word, the more formal, the better. Also, I do not understand your use of the word "vampirella".

First of all, I am curious as to your perception of the male gaze in conflict with shoujo manga. Is yaoi manga, or homoerotic undertones, the only instance where we see it denied or subverted? Do you think there's a possibility for a "male gaze free" manga product? (I think this sort of speculation could have a place in your conclusion.)

Second of all, your analysis of the dismembered female bodies and the priveleged male bodies is right on. I hadn't even noticed this until you pointed it out--that the male characteres are more likely to die with an arm through the chest than have their bodies dismembered. (It's interesting to contrast this with Hokuto's death in Tokyo Bablyon, then, since she dies in a male fashion in taking her brother's place.) In fact, this seems to be an anime-wide trend. I was noticing this in FullMetal Alchemist recently; although the hero, Edward, has lost two of limbs, his death is caused by an arm through the chest, rather than the loss of any more of his mobility. Female bodies personify chaos, but male bodies hold together.

Finally, the distinction between utsukushii and kawaii is a fascinating one, and one that is particularly interesting with regard to CLAMP's works. It also fits in well with your Claude Levi-Strauss analysis at the beginning of the essay (although you might want to mention that just one more time to strengthen the connection.)

As for places to publish... well, the Journal of Popular Culture was always my holy grail. You might also try some of the Asian Studies journals, possibly ones with an artistic emphasis.

Date: 2007-06-07 11:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chibicharibdys.livejournal.com
I agree with retsuko. :) This was a fascinating read. I do have a few questions; does yaoi manga subvert or redirect the male gaze, as the characters portrayed therein tend to look and act feminine? You discussed that in the thesis, but I was left a little confused.

Date: 2007-06-09 06:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] solo.livejournal.com
This is a very interesting piece of work with some thought-provoking statements! Thank you for sharing it.

I do have several (critical) queries. At the moment, I'm not sure whether they arise from my lack of knowledge of your field and its conventions. I'm a historian and I stand very much in the rationalist/empiricist tradition. All I can say about my qualifications to comment on your work is that I know X extremely well, but that Levi-Strauss makes me think of jeans in the first instance! Make of that what you will. ;-)

If you are interested in my comments, I'll be happy to type them up and send them to you by email, but I wasn't sure if I should subject you to (possibly unqualified) criticism without much of an idea how the issues I see could be resolved.

Let me know if you want to discuss this (and perhaps educate me).

Date: 2008-08-18 05:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zephyrprince.livejournal.com
Hi, I got here through an old community post and I'm interested in reading your work, but the link appears to be dead now. Has the essay been re-posted somewhere else?

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