- JunCture : 超域的日本文化研究 (ISSN:18844766)
- vol.10, pp.34-47, 2019-03-25
Previous research on girls’ novels in modern Japan has focused on delicate and sentimental stories and novels portraying fraternal relationships among girls. In fact, especially in the novels published in Shōjo no Tomo, which is one of the quintessential girls’ magazines in the early Showa era, we can see many novels following this trend. However, the girls’ magazine Shōjo Club, published by Kōdansha, which gained more support from girls, had works that tended to be quite different from these novels. Actually, it is a group of works that include girl detective novels, historical novels, and adventure novels for girls. Also, it is necessary to point out that many detective novels were also published in Shōjo no Tomo. So, in this research, I will compare Makyō no ni Shōjo (Two Girls in the Demon, 1952–53) written by Saijō Yaso with such novels. This novel is notable because it was written as an adventure novel for boys which was originally titled Kotei no Daimajin (The Great Deity of the Lake Bottom, 1950), which was rewritten for girls. Therefore, by analyzing how this work was revised, it is possible to read what Saijō Yaso thought about what elements were necessary for girls’ novels. And in this study, I focus on how the mystery is positioned for girl readers. And, in an adventure novel whose main character is a girl detective, I conclude that the girls’ novel of Saijō Yaso was featured in bringing in fraternal relationships of girls as seen in girls’ novels. Through analyzing this work, I would like to confirm the diversity of entertainment novels for girls in Japan during the Showa period. At the same time, by considering differences from boys’ novels, I analyze the diversity of gender that was organized among girl readers.