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From Impressionism to anime : Japan as fantasy and fan cult in the mind of the West / Susan J. Napier.

By: Napier, Susan Jolliffe.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007Edition: 1st ed.Description: xii, 258 p., [2] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.ISBN: 1403962138 (hardcover : alk. paper); 9781403962133 (hardcover : alk. paper); 1403962146 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9781403962140 (pbk. : alk. paper).Subject(s): Animated films -- Japan | Europe -- Civilization -- Japanese influences | United States -- Civilization -- Japanese influencesDDC classification: 303.48/25201821
Contents:
Japonisme from Monet to Van Gogh: "above all to make you see" -- "Mon semblable! mon frere": collecting, doubling and mirroring Japan in England and America 1878-1941 -- Paths of power: Japan as utopia and dystopia in the postwar American imagination -- The dark heart of fantasy: Japanese women in the eyes of the western male -- The 1990's and beyond: Japanese fantasy takes wing -- Anime nation: cons, cosplay and (sub) cultural capital -- Differing destinations: cultural identification, Orientalism, and "Soft Power" in twenty-first-century anime fandom -- In search of sacred space? anime fandom and Miyazaki World -- From fans to fandom / Susan J. Napier.
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NC1765 .H38 Creators of life : NC1766.J3 C53 2006 The anime encyclopedia : NC1766.J3 N36 2005 Anime from Akira to Howl's moving castle : NC1766 .J3 N38 2007 From Impressionism to anime : NC1766 .U5 L442 2007 The Colored cartoon : NC1766.U52 D553 1985 Disney's world : NC1810 .R55 1971B The rise and fall of the poster.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [235]-243) and index.

Japonisme from Monet to Van Gogh: "above all to make you see" -- "Mon semblable! mon frere": collecting, doubling and mirroring Japan in England and America 1878-1941 -- Paths of power: Japan as utopia and dystopia in the postwar American imagination -- The dark heart of fantasy: Japanese women in the eyes of the western male -- The 1990's and beyond: Japanese fantasy takes wing -- Anime nation: cons, cosplay and (sub) cultural capital -- Differing destinations: cultural identification, Orientalism, and "Soft Power" in twenty-first-century anime fandom -- In search of sacred space? anime fandom and Miyazaki World -- From fans to fandom / Susan J. Napier.

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CHOICE Review

The doyen of Japanese popular culture studies, Napier (Tufts Univ.) uses the lenses of play, pleasure, and soft power to focus on the relationship between Japan and the West. She devotes the first four chapters (of eight, plus a conclusion) to a chronological study of the influence of Japanese culture on the West and the Western construction of Japan as fantasy object. Treated here are Monet, Van Gogh, Wright, Kerouac, Gibson, and even South Park; chapter 4 looks at "Japanese women in the eyes of the Western male." The remaining four chapters provide an in-depth study of Japanese popular culture's impact in the West--Napier takes up anime, manga, and "cosplay" (i.e., costume play)--and how and why so-called J-pop generates meaning in the lives of its Western fans. Napier's status as "participant observer" in the world of anime fandom allows her access to fans as well as insights into them. Theoretically sophisticated, but eminently readable and respectful of fan culture, this book will interest a broad audience. The volume is not without flaws (the index is almost completely wrong, significant players such as Hanako go unmentioned, etc.), but overall it is remarkable in its depth and breadth. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers, all levels. K. J. Wetmore, Jr. Loyola Marymount University

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Susan J. Napier is Professor of Japanese Studies at Tufts University, USA. She is the author of four books, including The Fantastic in Japanese Literature: The Subversion of Modernity and Anime from Akira to Howl's Moving Castle.

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