Public Lecture : “The Elevator Girl: Work & Self in Japan’s Pop Culture”
Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University
|講演者:||Professor Laura Miller
Eiichi Shibusawa-Seigo Arai Endowed Professor of Japanese Studies and Professor of Anthropology University of Missouri, St. Louis
About the Speaker:
Dr. Miller has published more than fifty articles and book chapters on Japanese culture and language, including topics such as English loanwords in Japanese, the wizard boom, girls’ slang, and print club photos. Three recent peer-reviewed journal articles are “Cute masquerade and the pimping of Japan,” International Journal of Japanese Sociology (2011), “Tantalizing tarot and cute cartomancy in Japan,” Japanese Studies (2011 and “Subversive script and novel graphs in Japanese girls’ culture,” Language & Communication (2011). Dr. Miller is the author of Beauty Up: Exploring Contemporary Japanese Body Aesthetics(University of California Press, 2006).Together with Jan Bardsley she is the editor of Bad Girls of Japan (Palgrave, 2005) and Manners and Mischief: Gender, Power, and Etiquette in Japan (University of California Press, 2011). Today’s talk comes from her contribution to a new co-edited volume with Christine Yano and Elisa Freedman, Modern Girls on the Go: Gender, Labor, and Mobility in Japan (U. California Press, 2013).
The regularity and ritualized nature of service work performed by the uniform-wearing Elevator Girl make her an appealing object of the popular imagination. This presentation will ask us to take the Elevator Girl seriously by exploring her cultural history and the nature of her crafted public performance. Beginning with early images and narratives of Elevator Girls, I will survey how popular culture plays with the juxtaposition of her work and her private imagined life or presumed true self.
|参加費:||This event is free of charge. Registration at the door.|
The Contemporary Japan Research Group of WIAPS