Japanese Visual Culture: Explorations in the World of Manga and Anime (Google eBook)

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Mark Wheeler Macwilliams
M.E. Sharpe, 2008 - Art - 352 pages
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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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Review: Japanese Visual Culture: Explorations in the World of Manga and Anime

User Review  - Alice Jennings - Goodreads

Good in explaining the history of Japanese manga/anime, from blue-collar expressive pieces to morale=boosting mass produced work. I'm not interested in manga so I found it a bit boring, and it needed more pictures to me, but all in all very good- it gives what it offers Read full review

Review: Japanese Visual Culture: Explorations in the World of Manga and Anime

User Review  - Eric Orchard - Goodreads

A bit slow to start, with the first few essays not really stating anything new or that interesting. Later there are some fascinating essays on otaku, Hayao Miyazaki, terrorism and manga, and Tezuka. Read full review


Manga in Japanese History
Contemporary Anime in Japanese Pop Culture
Characters Themes and Narrative Patterns in the Manga
The Changing Role of
Opening the Closed World of Shojo Manga
Teenage Girls Romance
Intellectuals Cartoons and Nationalism During the RussoJapanese
Aum Shinrikyo and a Panic About Manga and Anime
Medieval Genealogies of Manga and Anime Horror
The Significance of the Miyazaki
History and Nostalgia in Hayao
Satoshi Kons Millennium Actress
Location Ambiguity Historicity
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