Queer Japanese: Gender and Sexual Identities through Linguistic Practices by H. AbeQueer Japanese: Gender and Sexual Identities through Linguistic Practices by H. Abe

Queer Japanese: Gender and Sexual Identities through Linguistic Practices

byH. Abe

Hardcover | April 14, 2010

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Queer Japanese presents a comprehensive picture of the ways Japanese sexual minorities (lesbians, gays, transgendered, and transsexual individuals) negotiate their lives through linguistic practice in various social contexts. Based on nearly ten years of fieldwork in Tokyo, Hideko Abe examines a wide range of linguistic practices, including magazine advice columns, bars, television, seminars, text messaging on cell phones, the theater, and private homes.  Ultimately, Abe reveals how gender and sexual identities are fluid, unstable, and negotiated.

Hideko Abe is Assistant Professor of Japanese in East Asian Studies Department at Colby College.  She is author of Speaking of Power: Professional Japanese Women and Their Speeches.  Her current research is on the speech of benshi (Japanese narrator for silent films).
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Title:Queer Japanese: Gender and Sexual Identities through Linguistic PracticesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:212 pagesPublished:April 14, 2010Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230622364

ISBN - 13:9780230622364

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Table of Contents

Introduction * Queer Etiquette?:  Advice Columns with a Difference * Lesbian Bar Talk * Cross-Dressing Speech: The “Real” Womanhood of Men * Performing the Performative in the Theater of the Queer * Queen’s Speech and the Playful Plundering of Women’s Language * Queen’s Speech as a Private Matter

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"Queer Japanese is a treasure trove of information about the language practices - and language attitudes - of sexual minority speakers of Japanese, an understudied group of speakers, who are critically important to a realistic understanding of the gendered qualities of Japanese, a language that is typically bracketed off in cross-linguistic research as 'unique' in having 'separate languages' for (heterosexual, heteronormatively aligned) women and men. As with many treasure troves, the reader will find in this volume an untold wealth of information and much food for thought." - The Journal of Asian Studies