Japanese Visual Culture Explorations in the World of Manga and Anime

ISBN-10: 0765616025
ISBN-13: 9780765616029
Edition: 2008
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Description: Born of Japan's cultural encounter with Western entertainment media, manga (comic books or graphic novels) and anime (animated films) are two of the most universally recognized forms of contemporary mass culture. Because they tell stories through  More...

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List price: $52.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 4/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

Born of Japan's cultural encounter with Western entertainment media, manga (comic books or graphic novels) and anime (animated films) are two of the most universally recognized forms of contemporary mass culture. Because they tell stories through visual imagery, they vault over language barriers. Well suited to electronic transmission and distributed by Japan's globalized culture industry, they have become a powerful force in both the mediascape and the marketplace.This volume brings together an international group of scholars from many specialties to probe the richness and subtleties of these deceptively simple cultural forms. The contributors explore the historical, cultural, sociological, and religious dimensions of manga and anime, and examine specific sub-genres, artists, and stylistics. The book also addresses such topics as spirituality, the use of visual culture by Japanese new religious movements, Japanese Goth, nostalgia and Japanese pop, comics for girls, and more. With illustrations throughout, it is a rich source for all scholars and fans of manga and anime as well as students of contemporary mass culture or Japanese culture and civilization.

Foreword: Japan's New Visual Culture
Introduction
Manga in Japanese History
Contemporary Anime in Japanese Pop Culture
Characters, Themes, and Narrative Patterns in the Manga of Osamu Tezuka
From Metropolis to Metoroporisu: The Changing Role of the Robot in Japanese and Western Cinema
Opening the Closed World of Shojo Manga
Situating the Shojo in Shojo Manga: Teenage Girls, Romance Comics, and Contemporary Japanese Culture
Intellectuals, Cartoons, and Nationalism During the Russo-Japanese War
Framing Manga: On Narratives of the Second World War in Japanese Manga, 1957-1977
Aum Shinrikyo and a Panic about Manga and Anime
Medieval Genealogies of Manga Horror
The Utopian "Power to Live": What the Miyazaki Phenomenon Signifies
Heart of Japaneseness: History and Nostalgia in Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away
National History as Otaku Fantasy: Satoshi Kon's Millennium Actress
Considering Manga Discourse: Location, Ambiguity, Historicity
Bibliography
About the Contributors
Index

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