SOAS University of London

Centre for Film Studies

Kerstin Fooken

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Kerstin Fooken
Centre for Film Studies

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Kerstin Fooken
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Japanese Cinema in Times of profound socio-economic Change: The Image of the Modern Girl in the visual Culture of interwar Japan
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In the context of the 1920s and early 1930s, I want to explore how the image of the Modern Girl as the physically and visually most transgressive global icon of a new femininity was locally interpreted in Japanese cinema and how this localised image can be seen as an embodiment of a wide variety of fears in the public mind of the time in Japan. At the nexus of its close intertwining with modernism, I want to analyse cinema’s role as an emerging art form in conveying the experience and challenges of modern life particular to Japan and specifically how it employed the image of the modern girl to take part in local discourses on women and changing gender relations.