Japanese Visual Culture (Google eBook)

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M.E. Sharpe, Jan 29, 2008 - Art
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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.

  

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Contents

Introduction
3
Manga in Japanese History
26
Contemporary Anime in Japanese Pop Culture
48
Characters Themes and Narrative Patterns in the Manga
68
The Changing Role of
91
Opening the Closed World of Shojo Manga
114
Teenage Girls Romance
137
Intellectuals Cartoons and Nationalism During the RussoJapanese
155
Aum Shinrikyo and a Panic About Manga and Anime
200
Medieval Genealogies of Manga and Anime Horror
219
The Significance of the Miyazaki
237
History and Nostalgia in Hayao
256
Satoshi Kons Millennium Actress
274
Location Ambiguity Historicity
295
Bibliography
311
About the Contributors
335

On Narratives of the Second World War
177

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