The introduction describes the historical contexts and theoretical framework of the book, beginning with an outline of the method of research. A brief literature review of affect theory in the Japanese context is followed by an introduction to Yoshimoto Takaaki’s Communal Fantasies (Kyōdōgensō ron, 1968). Giles Deleuze’s Difference and Repetition (1968) is juxtaposed with Yoshimoto’s philosophical investigation of repeated tropes in Japanese cultural production to form a theoretical framework for the analysis of selected repeated motifs in female cinematic representation that follows. Social changes during the occupation of Japan (1945-1952), particularly as regards roles and rights for women, are presented as key socio-political and historical contexts for the analyses of popular film texts which follow. The chapter concludes with a sample case study analysis of Mizoguchi Kenji’s Five Women Around Utamaro (1946).
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