dc.contributor.advisor Hamon, Jan
dc.contributor.advisor Griffiths, Richard
dc.contributor.author Hardy Bernal, Kathryn Adele
dc.date.accessioned 2011-11-01T03:22:44Z
dc.date.available 2011-11-01T03:22:44Z
dc.date.copyright 2011
dc.date.created 2011
dc.date.issued 2011-11-01
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10292/2448
dc.description.abstract My thesis investigates complex issues implied by and connected with the Japanese movement known generally as Gothic & Lolita (G&L), focussing specifically on the Lolita fashion-based subculture and psychological motivations behind it. It discusses the transmigration of the movement’s ideas from Eastern to Western to Eastern societies, including differing cultural interpretations of “Lolita” and their implications in terms of the Lolita phenomenon, while examining ideologies in context with conflicting connotations and paradoxes that arise from a label that combines perceptions about “Lolita” with the “Gothic”. It also addresses the “Lolita Complex”, a term that stems from the narrative of Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita and is applied to a syndrome affecting older men and their attraction to young girls, and explores its associations with the Lolita subculture. The Lolita Complex, as the title of this thesis, also refers to the problematic complexities connected with and inferred by the movement. This thesis is multi-disciplinary. Although the emphasis is related to Fashion (or Design) History and Theory, my research also spans the fields of Subcultural Theory, Gothic Studies, Gender Studies, Asian Studies and Anthropology. It leans, though, more to the “theoretical” side, while my methodological approach relates closely to Analytic or Psychoanalytic Art History, based on my education and training as an Art and Design theorist. As such, this study is an analysis of the Japanese Lolita subculture. It is my theory or my reading of this cultural phenomenon, supported by evidence to state the overriding argument that the Lolita movement is symbolic of and represents a generation of young women who refuse to enter adulthood and “grow up”. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en en_NZ
dc.publisher Auckland University of Technology
dc.subject Gothic en_NZ
dc.subject Lolita en_NZ
dc.subject Kathryn Hardy Bernal en_NZ
dc.subject Angie Finn en_NZ
dc.subject James Percy en_NZ
dc.subject Bevan Chuang en_NZ
dc.subject Dolls en_NZ
dc.subject Japanese en_NZ
dc.subject Fashion en_NZ
dc.subject Subculture en_NZ
dc.subject Pullip en_NZ
dc.subject Paul Rogers en_NZ
dc.subject Mana en_NZ
dc.subject Malice Mizer en_NZ
dc.subject Moi Dix Mois en_NZ
dc.subject Gothloli en_NZ
dc.subject Angelic Lolita en_NZ
dc.subject Versailles Philharmonic Quintet en_NZ
dc.subject RazorBladeKisses en_NZ
dc.subject Princess Ai en_NZ
dc.subject Princess Resurrection en_NZ
dc.subject Rozen Maiden en_NZ
dc.subject Cossette en_NZ
dc.subject Nabokov en_NZ
dc.subject Moi-meme-moitie en_NZ
dc.subject Metamorphose en_NZ
dc.subject Kansai Yamamoto en_NZ
dc.subject David Bowie en_NZ
dc.subject Visual-Kei en_NZ
dc.subject Hentai en_NZ
dc.subject Lolicon en_NZ
dc.subject Loli-pop en_NZ
dc.subject Angelic pretty en_NZ
dc.subject Botticelliangel en_NZ
dc.title The Lolita Complex: a Japanese fashion subculture and its paradoxes en_NZ
dc.type Thesis
thesis.degree.grantor Auckland University of Technology
thesis.degree.level Masters Theses
thesis.degree.name Master of Philosophy en_NZ
dc.rights.accessrights OpenAccess
dc.date.updated 2011-11-01T02:05:04Z

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