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Gilbert and Gubar's The Madwoman in the Attic after Thirty Years
Annette R. Federico, Sandra M. Gilbert
Annette LaPointe
Straight from the Heart: Gender, Intimacy, and the Cultural Production of Shojo Manga - Jennifer S. Prough Detailed ethnography of shojo magazine production in Japan. Very big on the publishing houses, not much contact with the mangaka and none unmediated (editors always present). Priceless. I do wonder about some of the class differences between mangaka and editors -- she talks about age/gender in terms of status, but all the editors seem to be college graduates whereas the mangaka seem to start straight out of high school. In the US that would be a huge class indicator, but I'm not sure if it's the same in Japan, especially for women.