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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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Radical Recontextualization and Cyclical Movements

(p.146) (p.147) 6 Heave-ho

Claire Maree

Oxford University Press

Chapter 6 examines nostalgia and dissent as contradictory companions to queerqueen excess. It provides a critical analysis of Miwa Akihiro’s performances at the annual New Year’s Eve songfest (NHK) in the context of post-3/11 Japan. A queer icon and renowned chanson artist performing since the 1950s, Miwa is said to experience his sixth media “boom” following his songfest performance in 2012. This “boom” is contingent on a strategical recontextualization of Miwa’s philosophy of aesthetics, which is informed by his wartime experiences and the atomic bombing of his hometown of Nagasaki. Nostalgic invocation of motherly love and a visual distancing from his television persona enables a performance of dissent. The performative voice of the iconic “original” queerqueen is distanced from heteronormative imaginations of queer excess and from the ongoing post-3/11 nuclear crisis. Recontextualized, the queerqueen voice is mobilized in a call for a return to the “normality” of pre-crisis familiarity.

Keywords:   Miwa Akihiro, cyclical boom, nostalgia, recontextualization, male-drag, Nagasaki, dissent, anti-war, anti-nuclear, Fukushima

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