A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico
December 8, 2005 Volume 36 / Number 4


Shojo Manga Catalogue

The exhibition catalogue, Shojo Manga: Girl Power! ($14.95, includes sales tax), is divided into two parts. In the first part scholars and critics from Japan and the United States discuss the phenomenon of Japanese manga and its influence in U.S. society. Each contributor has written a short article on Japanese visual pop culture from the perspective of their research in their own fields. The second part contains information about each shojo manga artist who has contributed to the exhibition, including historical background, characteristics of the artworks, and the artist’s philosophy as expressed through manga. In this part, the shojo manga artists are divided chronologically into three main epochs from post-World War II to the present: (1) Dawn of shojo manga, (2) The diversity of girls’ manga, and (3) The new generation and new directions in shojo manga. I hope that you enjoy exploring the historical and cultural changes that took place in the shojo manga of each period in response to the social changes experienced by females in Japan during those same periods.

Matsumi Toku, Art and Art History, curator of Shojo Manga: Girl Power! exhibition

To purchase a copy of Shojo Manga: Girl Power! contact Masami Toku by e-mail at mtoku@csuchico.edu or call the Department of Art at 530-898-5331.