Introducing Japanese Popular Culture

“Specifically designed for use on a range of undergraduate and graduate courses, Introducing Japanese Popular Culture is a comprehensive textbook offering an up-to-date overview of a wide variety of media forms. It uses particular case studies as a way into examining the broader themes in Japanese culture and provides a thorough analysis of the historical and contemporary trends that have shaped artistic production, as well as, politics, society, and economics. As a result, more than being a time capsule of influential trends, this book teaches enduring lessons about how popular culture reflects the societies that produce and consume it.”

Editors: Alisa Freedman & Toby Slade

Publisher: Routledge (Abingdon, UK)

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Chapters on anime/manga:

9. McLelland, Mark. Managing manga studies in the convergent classroom (pp. 93-103).

11. Norris, Craig. Studio Ghibli’s media tourism (pp. 114-122).

21. Cholodenko, Alan. Apocalyptic animation: In the wake of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Godzilla, and Baudrillard (pp. 229-240).

22. Rusca, Renato Rivera. Toy stories: Robots and magical girls in anime marketing (pp. 241-251).

23. Steinberg, Marc. Condensing the media mix: The Tatami Galaxy‘s multiple possible worlds (pp. 252-262).

24. Suzuki, Shige. Gekiga, or Japanese alternative comics: The mediascape of Japanese counterculture (pp. 265-276).

25. Prough, Jennifer. Sampling girls’ culture: An analysis of shojo manga magazines (pp. 277-287).

26. Shamoon, Deborah. The beautiful men of the Inner Chamber: Gender-bending, boys’ love, and other shojo manga tropes in Ooku (pp. 287-299).

27. Lamarre, Thomas. Cyborg empiricism: The ghost in not in the shell (pp. 300-310).

33. Galbraith, Patrick W. Akihabara: Promoting and policing “otaku” in “Cool Japan” (pp. 373-385).