Make-up!: the mythic narrative and transformation as a mechanism for personal and spiritual growth in magical girl (mahō shōjo) anime

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dc.contributor.author Russell, N'Donna Rashi
dc.date.accessioned 2017-08-29T21:16:58Z
dc.date.available 2017-08-29T21:16:58Z
dc.date.copyright 2017 en_US
dc.date.issued 2017-08-29
dc.identifier.uri https://dspace.library.uvic.ca//handle/1828/8496
dc.description.abstract The mahō shōjo or “magical girl”, genre of Japanese animation and manga has maintained a steady, prolific presence for nearly fifty years. Magical Girl series for the most part feature a female protagonist who is between the ages of nine and fourteen - not a little girl but not yet a woman. She is either born with or bestowed upon the ability to transform into a magical alter-ego and must save the world from a clear and present enemy. The magical girl must to work to balance her “normal life” – domestic obligations, educational obligations, and interpersonal relationships – with her duty to protect the world. I will argue that the "transformation" of an ordinary girl into a magical girl heroine is a mechanism of personal and spiritual growth within a liminal space that provides the heroine and the female fans who read these series with the tools needed to grow in a supportive community. I will build a framework using Joseph Campbell’s mythic narrative and Vladimir Propp’s folktale morphology to illustrate how the narrative pushes the heroine to grow and mature in a way that honors her individual self. Furthermore, I will illustrate how female fans disseminate these works as consumers, creators, and producers. Magical girl series, particularly ones marketed to school girl audiences, are published in manga magazines that encourage engagement between the readers and artists while initiating young readers into the world of manga. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject textual analysis en_US
dc.subject manga en_US
dc.subject magical girls en_US
dc.subject mahō shōjo en_US
dc.subject comics en_US
dc.subject Japan en_US
dc.subject anime en_US
dc.subject Japanese animation en_US
dc.title Make-up!: the mythic narrative and transformation as a mechanism for personal and spiritual growth in magical girl (mahō shōjo) anime en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Poulton, Cody
dc.degree.department Department of Pacific and Asian Studies en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US

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