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James Tiptree, Jr. Award 2009 Winners.

This year has two James Tiptree, Jr. Award Winners and one of them happens to be manga!

Here’s their official statement:

We chose Fumi Yoshinaga’s Ooku, Volumes 1 and 2 as our Tiptree winner with some trepidation. No one on the jury has read much manga; no one is an expert in Japanese history. What we fell in love with was the detailed exploration of the world of these books — an alternate feudal Japan in which a plague has killed 3/4s of Japan’s young men. In Ooku, the shogun and daimyo are women and much of the story takes place among the men in the Shogun’s harem.

The first volume (set in a later time period than the second) shows us a world in which men are assumed to be weak and sickly, yet women still use symbolic masculinity to maintain power. The second volume focuses on the period of transition. Through-out the two books, Yoshinaga explores the way the deep gendering of this society is both maintained and challenged by the alteration in ratios.

The result is a fascinating, subtle, and nuanced speculation with gender at its center.

Ooku is by Fumi Yoshinaga.

Also do check out their Honor List and Long List, which includes writers like Vandana Singh, Shweta Narayan, Claire Light, etc.

March 18, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , ,

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