Cinema Anime

This collection charts the terrain of contemporary Japanese animation one of the most explosive forms of visual culture to emerge at the crossroads of transnational cultural production in the last twenty five years The essays offer bold and insightful engagement with anime s concerns with gender identity anxieties about body mutation and technological monstrosity and apocalyptic fantasies The contributors dismantle the distinction between high and low culture and offer compelling arguments for the value and importance of the study of anime and popular culture as a key link in the translation from the local to the global br

Tokyo Cyberpunk: Posthumanism in Japanese Visual Culture

Engaging some of the most ground breaking and thought provoking anime manga and science fiction films i Tokyo Cyberpunk i offers insightful analysis of Japanese visual culture Steven T Brown draws new conclusions about electronically mediated forms of social interaction as well as specific Japanese socioeconomic issues all in the context of globalization and advanced capitalism Penetrating and nuanced this book makes a major contribution to the debate about what it means to be human in a posthuman world

Theatricalities of Power: The Cultural Politics of Noh

Through an extended reading of the noh play i Aoi ne Ue i as well as briefer examinations of several other plays i Theatricalities of Power i sheds new light on the circulation of power and desire in the middle and late medieval periods in Japan The author argues that rather than simply mirroring the sociopolitical contexts in which they were performed these plays constituted an active productive force in the theater of the medieval cultural imaginary by engaging specific sociopolitical issues and problems br br Neither reducing noh to its theatrical conventions nor abstracting its style and poetics from its performativity the book reads noh differently opening the performance text to its historically specific contexts It aims not merely to recount the history i of i noh but to investigate the history i in i noh to explore the indecision as to the limit between the performance text of noh and its other br br The author approaches noh as a site of conflict framed by the mechanisms of patronage within which poetic religious political and economic discourses are brought together in complex and innovative ways He brings to the fore the micropolitics of culture operative in noh by ferreting out the power relations and tensions at play between noh texts and their institutions of support and by opening noh to extradramatic linkages with contemporaneous figurations of authority change in legal codes and sexual politics br br