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A collection of essays on popular culture in Japan during the 20th century, considering topics ranging from animation heroes and films to unsuccessful politicians. They pay particular attention to issues of gender, commercialization and nationalisms.
Popular culture in Japan - an introduction, Douglas Slaymaker; pre-World War II concepts of Japanese popular culture and Takeda Rintaro's "Japan's Three Penny Opera", Richard Torrance; from pathography to pulp - popular expressions of female deviancy, 1930-1950, Christine Marran; from Enka to Anime - popular Japanese cinema, 1945-1990, David Desser; comic traveller - Tora-san and the interweavings of Japanese popular culture, Linda C. Ehrlich; can popular culture go global? How Japanese "scouts" and "rangers" fare in the US, Anne Allison; who in the world is Hasekura Tsunenaga? Presentation and appropriation of local symbols in provincial Japan, David M. Potter; Kuwata Keisuke and the postwar Japanese popular consciousness, Yasue Kuwahara; fictional fantasy or historical fact? The search for Japanese identity in Miyazaki Hayao's Mononokehime, Melek Ortabasi.
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