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queerqueenLinguistic Excess in Japanese Media$
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Claire Maree

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190869618

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190869618.001.0001

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Excess in Print

Excess in Print

(Re)tracing Conversational Dialogues

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(p.29) 2 Excess in Print
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Claire Maree

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190869618.003.0003

Chapter 2 examines the entextualization of queerqueen Japanese into multimodal texts that endeavor to (re)create sonic qualities through visual means. It examines five books published in 1979–1980 by twin brothers Osugi (Sugiura Takaaki, cinema critic; 1945–) and Peeco (Sugiura Katsuaki, fashion critic; 1945–) that employ the taidan (conversational dialogue) format and incorporate illustrations from leading graphic artists. In a “boom” of popularity, Osugi and Peeco were renowned for their playful banter and were labeled the okama (pejorative slang for “fag/faggot/poofter”) twins. The rich textual fields of the books combine layout and graphic design with metalinguistic annotation and nonconventional orthography provided via stenography, transcription, and editing. Through visual mimesis and orthographic stylization, the “excessive” nature of the talk is visually highlighted. Censorship tropes visually mark that which must be contained. Spoken interactions emergent in “actual” conversations are thus entextualized and function as precursor for later articulations of queerqueen booms.

Keywords:   conversational dialogue, transcription, stenography, linguistic excess, entextualization, metalinguistic annotation, visual mimesis, graphic design, orthographic stylization, censorship

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