Bibliography

penguinA list of scholarly and scientific publications on cuteness and related areas of research. See also the Cuteness News page for mainstream and social media articles, and the Gallery for primarily visual examples and discussions of cuteness.

 

Albarrán-Torres, César. “Kittens, Farms, and Wild Pandas: The Impact of Cuteness in Adult Gamble-Play Media.” The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness. Ed. Joshua Paul Dale, Joyce Goggin, Julia Leyda, Anthony P. McIntyre and Diane Negra. New York: Routledge, 2017. 235-52. Print.

Alley, Thomas R. “Head Shape and the Perception of Cuteness.” Developmental Psychology 17.5 (1981): 650-54. Print.

Allison, Anne. Millennial Monsters: Japanese Toys and the Global Imagination. Berkeley: U of California P, 2006. Print.

—“Portable Monsters and Commodity Cuteness: Pokemon as Japan’s New Global Power.” Postcolonial Studies CPCS Postcolonial Stud. 6.3 (2003): 381-95. Print.

Angier, Natalie. “The Cute Factor.” New York Times. 2 Jan. 2006. Web. 15 Oct. 2015.

Arkenberg, Megan. “Cuteness and Control in Portal.” The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness. Ed. Joshua Paul Dale, Joyce Goggin, Julia Leyda, Anthony P. McIntyre and Diane Negra. New York: Routledge, 2017. 56-74. Print.

Aoyagi, Hiroshi. Islands of Eight Million Smiles: Idol Performance and Symbolic Production in Contemporary Japan. Cambridge, MA: Harvard U Asia Center, 2005. Print.

—“Pop Idols and the Asian Identity”. Japan Pop!: Inside the World of Japanese Popular Culture . Ed. Craig, Timothy. New York: Routledge, 2015. 309- 326.

Arnold, Carrie. “Cuteness Inspires Aggression.” Scientific American Global. 6 June 2013. Web. 15 Oct. 2015.

Birkett, Mary. Amateur Mascots on the Loose: The Pragmatics of Kawaii (Cute). BA Thesis. University of Michigan, 2012. Web. 16 Oct. 2015.

Black, Daniel. “The Virtual Ideal: Virtual Idols, Cute Technology And Unclean Biology.” Continuum: Journal Of Media & Cultural Studies 22.1 (2008): 37-50. EBSCO. Web. 16 Oct. 2015.

Botz-Bornstein, Thorsten. The Cool-Kawaii: Afro-Japanese Aesthetics and New World Modernity. Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2011. Print.

Brozozowska-Brywczynska, Maja. “Monstrous/Cute. Notes on the Ambivalent Nature of Cuteness.” Monsters and the Monstrous: Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil. Ed. Niall Scott. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2007. 213-28.

Bryce, Mio. “Cuteness Needed: The New Language/Communication Device In A Global Society.” International Journal of the Humanities 2.3 (2004): 2265-275. Web. 16 Oct. 2015.

Buckley, Ralph C. “Aww: The Emotion of Perceiving Cuteness.” Frontiers in Psychology 10 (2016). Web. 28 Nov. 2016.

Burdelski, Matthew, and Koji Mitsuhashi. “‘She Thinks You’re Kawaii': Socializing Affect, Gender, and Relationships in a Japanese Preschool.” Language in Society 39.1 (2010): 65-93. ProQuest. Web. 16 Oct. 2015.

Carpi, Giancarlo. “A Cute Futurism”. Futuriste: Women in Art and Literature. Rome: Casa delle Letterature, 2009. 10-15. Print.

—“Futurism: From Modernism to Cuteness.” Uusi taide : nopeus, vaara, uhma : Italian futurism / A New Art: Speed, Danger, Defiance: Italian Futurism 1909-1944. Espoo: Espoo Museum of Modern Art, 2012. 8-11. Print.

Gabriels and the Italian Cute Nymphet. Milan: Mazzotta, 2012. Print.

—“The Italian Cute Scene and Other Contemporary Phats.” From Futurism to the Contemporary. Ed. Maurizio Scudiero. Rome: Lantana, 2013. Print.

—“Cuteness and Its Overcoming.” Contaminazioni 014. Eds. Maurizio Scudiero, Anna D’Elia, and Giancarlo Carpi. Rome: Lantana, 2014. Print.

Caudwell, Catherine. “Cute and Monstrous Furbys in Online Fan Production.” M/C Journal 17.2 (2014). Web. 17 Oct. 2015.

Cheok, Adrian David. “Kawaii/Cute Interactive Media.” Art and Technology of Entertainment Computing and Communication. Ed. Adrian David Cheok. London: Springer, 2010. 223-54.

Cheok, Adrian David, and Owen Noel Fernando Newton. “Kawaii/Cute Interactive Media.” Universal Access in the Information Society 11.3 (2012): 295-309. ProQuest. Web. 16 Oct. 2015.

Currie, Nicholas. “Cute Formalism.” Momus. 2001. Web. 16 Oct. 2015.

Cho, Sookyung. Aesthetic and Value Judgment of Neotenous Objects: Cuteness as a Design Factor and its Effects on Product Evaluation. Diss. University of Michigan, 2012. Web. 16 Oct. 2015.

Chuang, Tzu-i. “The Power of Cuteness: Female Infantilization in Urban Taiwan.” Stanford Journal of East Asian Affairs 5.2 (2005): 21-28.

Chuang, Yin C. “Kawaii in Taiwan Politics” International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies 7.3 (2011): 1-17.

Dale, Joshua Paul, Joyce Goggin, Julia Leyda, Anthony P. McIntyre and Diane Negra, editors. The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness. New York: Routledge, 2017. Print.

Dale, Joshua Paul, Joyce Goggin, Julia Leyda, Anthony P. McIntyre and Diane Negra. “The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness.” The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness. Ed. Joshua Paul Dale, Joyce Goggin, Julia Leyda, Anthony P. McIntyre and Diane Negra. New York: Routledge, 2017. 1-34. Print.

Dale, Joshua Paul. “The Appeal of the Cute Object: Desire, Domestication, and Agency.” The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness. Ed. Joshua Paul Dale, Joyce Goggin, Julia Leyda, Anthony P. McIntyre and Diane Negra. New York: Routledge, 2017. 35-55. Print.

DeAngelis, Michael. “Soft and Hard: Accessible Masculinity, Celebrity, and Post-Millennial Cuteness.” The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness. Ed. Joshua Paul Dale, Joyce Goggin, Julia Leyda, Anthony P. McIntyre and Diane Negra. New York: Routledge, 2017. 194-215. Print.

de Seta, Gabriele. “’Meng? It Just Means Cute': A Chinese Online Vernacular Term in Context.” M/C Journal 17.2 (2014). Web. 17 Oct. 2015.

de Vries, Nadia. “Under the Yolk of Consumption: Re-Envisioning the Cute as Consumable.” The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness. Ed. Joshua Paul Dale, Joyce Goggin, Julia Leyda, Anthony P. McIntyre and Diane Negra. New York: Routledge, 2017. 253-73. Print.

Dommeyer, Curt J., Elizabeth A. Lugo, Kelly R. Riddle, Christopher T. Tade, and Lily Valdivia. “The Effect of a Status Cue on Personally Initiated Self-Administered Surveys.” Marketing Bulletin 22. Research Note 1 (2011). Web. 18 Oct. 2015.

Ferro, Shaunacy. “Why Do We Want To Squeeze Cute Things?” Popular Science. 24 Jan. 2013. Web. 16 Oct. 2015.

Genosko, Gary. “Natures and Cultures of Cuteness.” Invisible Culture 9 (2005): 1-19. Web. 16 Oct. 2015.

Glocker, Melanie L., Daniel D. Langleben, Kosha Ruparel, James W. Loughead, Ruben C. Gur, and Norbert Sachser. “Baby Schema in Infant Faces Induces Cuteness Perception and Motivation for Caretaking in Adults.” Ethology 115.3 (2009): 257-63. Wiley Online Library. Web. 16 Oct. 2015.

Gn, Joel. “Designing Affection: On the Curious Case of Machine Cuteness.” The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness. Ed. Joshua Paul Dale, Joyce Goggin, Julia Leyda, Anthony P. McIntyre and Diane Negra. New York: Routledge, 2017. 175-93. Print.

Goggin, Joyce. “Affective Marketing and the Kuteness of Kiddles.” The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness. Ed. Joshua Paul Dale, Joyce Goggin, Julia Leyda, Anthony P. McIntyre and Diane Negra. New York: Routledge, 2017. 216-34. Print.

Golle, Jessika, Stephanie Lisibach, Fred W. Mast, and Janek S. Lobmaier. “Sweet Puppies and Cute Babies: Perceptual Adaptation to Babyfacedness Transfers across Species.” PLoS ONE 8.3 (2013): E58248. Web. 16 Oct. 2015.

Gould, Stephen Jay. “Mickey Mouse meets Konrad Lorenz.” Natural History 88.5 (1979): 30-36. Rpt. as “A Biological Homage to Mickey Mouse” The Panda’s Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History. New York: Norton. 1980. 95-107.*

Granot, E., T. B. Alejandro, and L. T. M. Russell. “A Socio-Marketing Analysis of the Concept of Cute and Its Consumer Culture Implications.” Journal of Consumer Culture 14.1 (2013): 66-87. Web. 16 Oct. 2015.

Harris, Daniel. Cute, Quaint, Hungry and Romantic: The Aesthetics of Consumerism. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo, 2001. Print.

Hasegawa, Yuko. “Post-Identity Kawaii: Commerce, Gender and Contemporary Japanese Art.” Consuming Bodies: Sex and Contemporary Japanese Art. Ed. Fran Lloyd. London: Reaktion, 2002. 127-41. Print.

Hildebrandt, Katherine A., and Hiram E. Fitzgerald. “Adults’ Perceptions of Infant Sex and Cuteness.” Sex Roles 5.4 (1979): 471-81. Print.

Hinde, Robert A., and L.A. Barden. “The Evolution of the Teddy Bear.” Animal Behaviour 33.4 (1985): 1371-373. Print.

Hutchinson, Jonathon. “I Can Haz Likes: Cultural Intermediation to Facilitate “Petworking””. M/C Journal 17.2(2014). Web. 16 Oct. 2015.

Ivy, Marilyn. “The Art of Cute Little Things: Nara Yoshitomo’s Parapolitics.” Mechademia 5: Fanthropologies. Ed. Frenchy Lunning. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2010. 3-29. Print.

Jones, Doug. “Sexual Selection, Physical Attractiveness, and Facial Neoteny: Cross-cultural Evidence and Implications.”  Current Anthropology 36.5 (1995): 723-48. Print.

Kanai, Haruka. Notes on Cute Culture and People in Japan. MA Thesis. Waseda University, 2007. Print.

Kinsella, Sharon. “Cuties in Japan.” Women, Media and Consumption in Japan. Eds. Lise Skov and Brian Moeran. Honolulu: U of Hawai’i P, 1995. 220-54. Print.

Komori, Masashi, and Hiroshi Nittono. “Influence of Age-Independent Facial Traits on Adult Judgments of Cuteness and Infantility of a Child’s Face.” Procedia 97 (2013): 285-91. Science Direct. Web. 16 Oct. 2015.

Laforteza, Elaine. “Cute-ifying Disability: Lil Bub, the Celebrity Cat.” M/C Journal 17.2 (2014). Web. 16 Oct. 2015.

Leddy, Tom. “Cuteness.” Aesthetics Today. 20 Aug. 2008. Print.

Legge, Elizabeth. “When Awe Turns to Awww . . .: Jeff Koons’s Balloon Dog and the Cute Sublime.” The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness. Ed. Joshua Paul Dale, Joyce Goggin, Julia Leyda, Anthony P. McIntyre and Diane Negra. New York: Routledge, 2017. 130-50. Print.

Leyda, Julia. “Cute Twenty-First-Century Post-Fembots.” The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness. Ed. Joshua Paul Dale, Joyce Goggin, Julia Leyda, Anthony P. McIntyre and Diane Negra. New York: Routledge, 2017. 151-74. Print.

Little, Anthony C. “Manipulation of Infant-Like Traits Affects Perceived Cuteness of Infant, Adult and Cat Faces.” Ethology 118.8 (2012): 775-82. Print.

Lobato, Ramon, and James Meese. “Kittens All the Way Down: Cute in Context.” M/C Journal 17.2 (2014). Web. 16 Oct. 2015.

Lorenz, Konrad. “Die Angeborenen Formen Möglichen Erfahrung.”Zeitschrift Für Tierpsychologie (1942). Print.

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Madge, Leila. “Capitalizing on ‘Cuteness’”: The Aesthetics of Social Relations in a New Postwar Japanese Order.” Japanstudien 9 (1997): 155-76. Print.

McFarlane, Nicole. “The Racial Rhetoric of Cuteness as Decorative Decorum.” Diss. Clemson University, 2012. Web. 17 Oct. 2015.

McIntyre, Anthony P. “Isn’t She Adorkable! Cuteness as Political Neutralization in the Star Text of Zooey Deschanel.” Television & New Media 16.5 (2014): 422-38.Web. 16 Oct. 2015.

— “Ownership Anxiety, Race and Ambivalent Cuteness in The Secret Life of Pets,” Flow 23.2 (2016). Web. 21 Nov. 2016.

Ted, Wilfred, and the Guys: Twenty-First-Century Masculinities, Raunch Culture, and the Affective Ambivalences of Cuteness.” The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness. Ed. Joshua Paul Dale, Joyce Goggin, Julia Leyda, Anthony P. McIntyre and Diane Negra. New York: Routledge, 2017. 274-94. Print.

—“Robots in Popular Culture: Labor Precarity, and Machine Cute,” Flow 23.4 (2017). Web. 27 Feb. 2017.

McVeigh, Brian J. “How Hello Kitty Commodifies the Cute, Cool and Camp: ‘Consumutopia’ versus ‘Control’ in Japan.” Journal of Material Culture 5.2 (2000): 225-45. Web. 16 Oct. 2015.

—Wearing Ideology: State, Schooling and Self-Presentation in Japan. Oxford: Berg, 2000. Print.

Meese, James. “’It Belongs to the Internet': Animal Images, Attribution Norms and the Politics of Amateur Media Production.” M/C Journal 17.2 (2014). Web. 16 Oct. 2015.

Merish, Laurie. “Cuteness and Commodity Aesthetics.” Freakery: Cultural Spectacles of the Extraordinary Body. Ed. Rosemarie Garland Thomson. New York: New York UP, 1996. 185-203. Print.

Miesler, Linda M., Helmut L. Leder, and Andreas H. Herrmann. “Isn’t it Cute: An Evolutionary Perspective of Baby-Schema Effects in Visual Product Designs.” International Journal of Design 5.3 (2011) ProQuest. Web. 16 Oct. 2015.

Miller, Laura. “Japan’s Zoomorphic Urge.” ASIANetwork 17.2 (2010): 69-82. Web. 16 Oct. 2015.

Milton, Kate. “Possum Magic, Possum Menace: Wildlife Control and the Demonisation of Cuteness” Considering Animals: Contemporary Studies in Human-Animal Relations. Eds. Carol Freeman, Elizabeth Leane, Yvette Watt. Surrey: Ashgate, 2011. 67-80. Print.

Morreall, John. “Cuteness.” British Journal of Aesthetics 31.1 (1991): 39-47. Print.

Nenkov, Gergana Y., and Maura L. Scott. “’So Cute I Could Eat It Up’: Priming Effects of Cute Products on Indulgent Consumption.” Journal of Consumer Research 41.2 (2014): 326-41. Web. 17 Oct. 2015.

Ngai, Sianne. “The Cuteness of the Avant Garde.” Critical Inquiry 31.4 (2005): 811-47. JSTOR. Web. 17 Oct. 2015.

—“Our Aesthetic Categories.” PMLA 125.4 (2010): 948-58. MLA. Web. 17 Oct. 2015.

—Our Aesthetic Categories: Zany, Cute, Interesting. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 2012. Print.

Nittono, Hiroshi et al. “The Power of Kawaii: Viewing Cute Images Promotes a Careful Behavior and Narrows Attentional Focus.” Ed. Kevin Paterson. PLoS ONE 7.9 (2012). Web. 17 Oct. 2015.

Norihiro, Kato. “Goodbye Godzilla, Hello Kitty: The Origins and Meaning of Japanese Cuteness.” American Interest 1 Sept. 2006. Web. 16 Oct. 2015.

Occhi, Debra J. “Wobbly Aesthetics, Performance, and Message: Comparing Japanese Kyara with Their Anthropomorphic Forebears.” Asian Ethnology 71.1 (2012): 109-32. JSTOR. Web. 17 Oct. 2015.

—“Consuming Kyara ‘Characters’: Anthropomorphization and Marketing in Contemporary Japan.” Comparative Culture 15 (2010): 77–86. Print.

O’Meara, Radha. “Do Cats Know They Rule YouTube? Surveillance and the Pleasures of Cat Videos.” M/C Journal. 17.2 (2014). Web. 16 Oct. 2015.

Page, Allison, “‘This Baby Sloth Will Inspire You to Keep Going': Capital, Labor, and the Affective Power of Cute Animal Videos.” The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness. Ed. Joshua Paul Dale, Joyce Goggin, Julia Leyda, Anthony P. McIntyre and Diane Negra. New York: Routledge, 2017. 75-94. Print.

Park, C. Whan. “Two Types of Attractive Research: Cute Research and Beautiful Research.” Journal of Consumer Psychology 22.3 (2012): 299-302. ScienceDirect. Web. 17 Oct. 2015.

Peplin, Katy, “Live Cuteness 24/7: Performing Boredom on Animal Live Streams.” The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness. Ed. Joshua Paul Dale, Joyce Goggin, Julia Leyda, Anthony P. McIntyre and Diane Negra. New York: Routledge, 2017. 112-29. Print.

Potts, Jason. “The Alchian-Allen Theorem and the Economics of Internet Animals.” M/C Journal. 17.2 (2014). Web. 16 Oct. 2015.

Pramaggiore, Maria, “‘I’ll be Dancin”: American Soldiers, Cute YouTube Performances, and the Deployment of Soft Power in the War on Terror.” The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness. Ed. Joshua Paul Dale, Joyce Goggin, Julia Leyda, Anthony P. McIntyre and Diane Negra. New York: Routledge, 2017. 95-111. Print.

Raine, Emily, “The Sacrificial Economy of Cuteness in Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat in Space.” Mechademia 6: User Enhanced. Ed. Frenchy Lunning. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2011. 193-210. Print.

Reider, Noriko T. “Transformation of the Oni: From the Frightening and Diabolical to the Cute and Sexy.” Asian Folklore Studies 62.1 (2003): 133-57. ProQuest. Web. 17 Oct. 2015.

Richard, Frances. “Fifteen Theses on Cute.” Cabinet 4 (2001). Web. 17 Oct. 2015.

Sanders, John T. “On ‘Cuteness.’” British Journal of Aesthetics 32.2 (1992): 162-65. Print.

Sanders, Shari. “Because Neglect isn’t Cute: Tuxedo Stan’s Campaign for a Humane World.” M/C Journal 17.2 (2014). Web. 17 Oct. 2015.

Sanefuji, Wakako, Hidehiro Ohgami, and Kazuhide Hashiya. “Development of Preference for Baby Faces across Species in Humans (Homo Sapiens).” Journal of Ethology  25.3 (2006): 249-54. Springer. Web. 17 Oct. 2015

Sato, Anna, Hiroki Koda, Alban Lemasson, Sumiharu Nagumo, and Nobuo Masataka. “Visual Recognition of Age Class and Preference for Infantile Features: Implications for Species-Specific vs. Universal Cognitive Traits in Primates.” PLoS ONE 7.5 (2012). ProQuest. Web. 17 Oct. 2015.

Sherman, Gary D., and Jonathan Haidt. “Cuteness and Disgust: The Humanizing and Dehumanizing Effects of Emotion.” Emotion Review 3.3 (2011): 245-51. Web. 17 Oct. 2015.

Sherman, Gary D., Jonathan Haidt, and James A. Coan. “Viewing Cute Images Increases Behavioral Carefulness.” Emotion 9.2 (2009): 282-86. Ovid. Web. 17 Oct. 2015.

Shiokawa, Kanako. “Cute but Deadly: Women and Violence in Japanese Comics.” Themes and Issues in Asian Cartooning: Cute, Cheap, Mad, and Sexy. Ed. John A. Lent. Ohio: Popular P, 1999. 93-107. Print.

Stevens, Carolyn. “Cute But Relaxed: Ten Years of Rilakkuma in Precarious Japan.” M/C Journal 17.2 (2014). Web. 17 Oct. 2015.

Wittkower, D. E. “On the Origins of the Cute as a Dominant Aesthetic Category in Digital Culture.” Putting Knowledge to Work and Letting Information Play. Eds. Timothy W. Luke and Jeremy Hunsinger. Rotterdam: Sense, 2012. 167-75. Print.

Yano, Christine R. Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek across the Pacific. Durham: Duke UP, 2013. Print.

—“Wink on Pink: Interpreting Japanese Cute as it Grabs the Global Headlines.”  Journal of Asian Studies 68.3 (2009): 681-88. JSTOR. Web. 17 Oct. 2015.

Yiu, Wai-hung, and Alex C.-S. Chan. “‘Kawaii’ and ‘Moe’ — Gazes, Geeks (Otaku), and Glocalization of Beautiful Girls (Bishojo) in Hong Kong Youth Culture.” Positions: Asia Critique 21.4 (2013): 853-84. Project Muse. Web. 17 Oct. 2015.

Zebrowitz, Leslie A., Sheila Brownlow, and Karen Olson. “Baby Talk to the Babyfaced.” Journal of Nonverbal Behavior 16.3 (1992): 143-58. EBSCO. Web. 17 Oct. 2015.

Zitong, Qiu. “Cuteness as a Subtle Strategy.” Cultural Studies 27.2 (2013): 225-41. Web. 17 Oct. 2015.