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MacWilliams, Mark W., ed. Japanese Visual Culture: Explorations in the world of manga and anime. Armonk: M. E. Sharpe, 2008. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-7656-1601-2
BibTeX citation key: MacWilliams2008
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Categories: General
Keywords: Animation, Collection of essays, Japan, Manga
Creators: MacWilliams
Publisher: M. E. Sharpe (Armonk)
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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.

Table of Contents

Frederik L. Schodt: Foreword. Japan's New Visual Culture (vii)
A Note on Language (xi)
Mark W. MacWilliams: Introduction (3)

1. Kinko Ito: Manga in Japanese History (26)
2. Gilles Poitras: Contemporary Anime in Japanese Pop Culture (48)
3. Susanne Phillips: Characters, Themes, and Narrative Patterns in the Manga of Osamu Tezuka (68)
4. Lee Makela: From Metropolis to Metoroporisu. The Changing Role of the Robot in Japanese and Western Cinema (91)
5. Mizuki Takahashi: Opening the Closed World of Shōjo Manga (114)
6. Deborah Shamoon: Situating the Shōjo in Shōjo Manga. Teenage Girls, Romance Comics, and Contemporary Japanese Culture (137)
7. Yulia Mikhailova: Intellectuals, Cartoons, and Nationalism During the Russo-Japanese War (155)
8. Eldad Nakar: Framing Manga. On Narratives of the Second World War in Japanese Manga, 1957–1977 (177)
9. Rich Gardner: Aum Shinrikyō and a Panic about Manga and Anime (200)
10. Raj Pandey: Medieval Genealogies of Manga Horror (219)
11. Hiroshi Yamanaka: The Utopian “Power to Live”. What the Miyazaki Phenomenon Signifies (237)
12. Shiro Yoshioka: Heart of Japaneseness. History and Nostalgia in Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away (256)
13. Melek Ortabasi: National History as Otaku Fantasy. Satoshi Kon's Millennium Actress (274)
14. Jaqueline Berndt: Considering Manga Discourse. Location, Ambiguity, Historicity (295)

Bibliography (311)
About the Contributors (335)
Index (339)
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