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Interpreting Anime


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Table of 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
Moving Image Sources

About the Author

Christopher Bolton is professor of comparative and Japanese literature at Williams College. He is author of Sublime Voices: The Fictional Science and Scientific Fiction of Abe Kobo, coeditor of Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams: Japanese Science Fiction from Origins to Anime (Minnesota, 2007), and a founding member of the Mechademia editorial board.


"A remarkable book, Interpreting Anime explores how to approach this genre in an intelligent, insightful way. Christopher Bolton's readings are sophisticated without being overwrought or turgid-they are well argued, but leave room for the reader to speculate, contest, and take them further."-Michael Dylan Foster, University of California, Davis"Having just completed Interpreting Anime, I come away convinced that Christopher Bolton is simply the best scholar writing on anime at the current moment. His readings apply a gamut of approaches, from postmodernism to gender studies to individual texts, but they remain accessible and consistently fascinating, inspiring a deeper appreciation of this protean medium. The book is an intellectual joy to read."-Susan J. Napier, Tufts University"In his brilliant, acute, and always accessible Interpreting Anime, Christopher Bolton applies deep knowledge of Japanese aesthetic traditions, global media culture, and posthumanist theory to close readings of some of the most artistically ambitious and culturally significant works of the artform. Showing anime fans the beauties of theory and scholars the profundities of anime, Bolton recounts a specifically Japanese history of cyborg art, while offering insights into that most neglected and ubiquitous category of experience, fiction itself. Interpreting Anime is destined to become a classic study of anime and the cyborg imagination."-Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, DePauw University

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