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Napier, Susan J. The Fantastic in Modern Japanese Literature: The subversion of modernity. The Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies. London, New York: Routledge, 1996. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 0-415-12457-3
BibTeX citation key: Napier1996
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Akira", Fantastic, Gender, Japan, Manga, Ōtomo. Katsuhiro, Postmodernism, Science Fiction, Utopia
Creators: Napier
Publisher: Routledge (London, New York)
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The Fantastic in Modern Japanese Literature explores the dark side of Japanese Literature where modern Japan's repressed anxieties, fears and hopes come to the surface. A close analysis of fantasy, fiction, film and comics reveals the ambivilance felt by many Japanese towards the success story of the nation in the twentieth century A wide range of fantasies, many discussed here for the first time in English, form the basis for a ground-breaking analysis of utopias, dystopias, and the disturbing relationship between women, sexuality and modernity, and the role of the alien in the fantastic. The Fantastic in Modern Japanese Literature introduces the extraordinary range of Japanes fantasy and explores the role of fantasy as a cross-cultural genre.

Table of Contents

Series editor’s preface (viii)
Acknowledgements (x)
A note on the text (xii)

1. Introduction (1)
2. Woman found: encounters with supernatural women in prewar Japanese fantasy (21)
3. Woman lost: the dead, damaged, or absent female in postwar fantasy (53)
4. Desert of mirrors: the construction of the alien in modern Japanese fantasy (93)
5. Logic of inversion: twentieth-century Japanese Utopias (141)
6. The dystopian imagination: from the asylum through the labyrinth to the end of the world (179)
7. Conclusion: is there a “Japanese” fantastic? (221)

Bibliography (227)
Biographical reference (237)
Index (243)

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