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Beautiful Fighting Girl


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Table of Contents

A Note on the Translation
Translator's Introduction J. Keith Vincent
Beautiful Fighting Girl
1. The Psychopathology of Otaku
2. Letter from an Otaku
3. Beautiful Fighting Girls outside Japan
4. The Strange Kingdom of Henry Darger
5. A Genealogy of the Beautiful Fighting Girl
6. The Emergence of the Phallic Girls
Afterword to the First Edition (2000)
Afterword to the Paperback Edition (2006)
Commentary: The Elder Sister of Otaku: Japan's Database Animals (2006)
Hiroki Azuma

About the Author

Saito Tamaki is a practicing psychiatrist and medical director of the Sofukai Sasaki Hospital in Chiba, Japan. He is the author of more than two dozen books. J. Keith Vincent is assistant professor of Japanese and comparative literature at Boston University.Dawn Lawson is New York University's East Asian studies librarian. Hiroki Azuma is a leading cultural critic in Japan.


"A foundational book illuminating the phenomenon of cool Japan, Beautiful Fighting Girl explains the global desire for images of little girls that kick ass. Sait 's uncomfortably deep understanding of the particulars of this Japanese phenomenon allows us to finally begin to answer questions about the far-reaching implications of the now nearly universal fetish, of our atomizing technologies of interactivity, and of our obsessions with new media. Its place in contemporary letters is nearly unparalleled and I wouldn't be surprised if this book gives that once a decade jostle leading to the n-th wave of feminism or a complete reconfiguration of our understanding of male desire." -Jonathan E. Abel, Pennsylvania State University

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