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Author Bolton, Christopher, author

Title Interpreting anime / Christopher Bolton
Published Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2018]
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 322 pages)
Contents Machine generated contents note: -- Contents -- A Note on the Text -- Introduction. Read or Die: Reading Anime -- 1. From Origin to Oblivion: Akira as Anime and Manga -- 2. The Mecha's Blind Spot: Cinematic and Electronic in Patlabor 2 -- 3. Puppet Voices, Cyborg Souls: Ghost in the Shell and Classical Japanese Theater -- 4. The Forgetful Phallus and the Otaku's Third Eye: 3x3 Eyes and Anime's Audience -- 5. Anime in Drag: Stage Performance and Staged Performance in Millennium Actress -- 6. The Quick and the Undead: Blood: The Last Vampire and Television Anime -- 7. It's Art, but Is It Anime? Howl's Moving Castle and the Novel -- Conclusion: Summer Wars -- Chronology -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Moving Image Sources -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary "Well-known through hit movies like Spirited Away, Akira, and Ghost in the Shell, anime has a long history spanning a wide range of directors, genres, and styles. Christopher Bolton's Interpreting Anime is a thoughtful, carefully organized introduction to Japanese animation for anyone eager to see why this genre has remained a vital, adaptable art form for decades. Interpreting Anime is easily accessible and structured around individual films and a broad array of critical approaches. Each chapter centers on a different feature-length anime film, juxtaposing it with a particular medium--like literary fiction, classical Japanese theater, and contemporary stage drama--in order to reveal what is unique about anime's way of representing the world. This analysis is abetted by a suite of questions provoked by each film, along with Bolton's incisive responses. Throughout, Interpreting Anime applies multiple frames, such as queer theory, psychoanalysis, and theories of postmodernism, giving readers a thorough understanding of both the cultural underpinnings and critical significance of each film. What emerges from the sweep of Interpreting Anime is Bolton's original, articulate case for what makes anime unique as a medium: how it at once engages profound social and political realities while also drawing attention to the very challenges of representing reality in animation's imaginative and compelling visual forms"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-303) and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed February 8, 2018)
Subject Animated films -- Japan -- Criticism and interpretation.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1452956839 (electronic bk.)
9781452956831 (electronic bk.)