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Cross-cultural reading of doll-love novels in Japan and the West

This paper makes the following two points: first, Japanese doll-love novels, especially those at the dawn of the genre in Japan, such as Jun’ichiro Tanizaki’s Some Prefer Nettles (Tade kuu mushi), should be read from the perspective of Japanese reality, history, philosophy, and culture. Second, the popular criticism of doll-love novels needs to be reconsidered as representing adult male childishness and female objectification.

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