Adult Manga: Culture and Power in Contemporary Japan

Adult Manga: Culture and Power in Contemporary Japan

by Sharon Kinsella
     
 

ISBN-10: 0824823184

ISBN-13: 9780824823184

Pub. Date: 01/01/2000

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The

Adult Manga looks at the rise and fall of Japan's mammoth comic industry since the 1960s. In this stimulating and refreshing history of the manga industry, Kinsella documents the structure and history of manga, probes into its related subculture and the anti-nerd otaku panic, and examines the difficult and fascinating relationship between the artists and

Overview

Adult Manga looks at the rise and fall of Japan's mammoth comic industry since the 1960s. In this stimulating and refreshing history of the manga industry, Kinsella documents the structure and history of manga, probes into its related subculture and the anti-nerd otaku panic, and examines the difficult and fascinating relationship between the artists and editors who create manga.

In the process, she argues that Japanese comics have shifted from being a lower-class medium for marginal citizens to becoming a novel form of official communication, recently embraced by big business and national institutions. This ascent of manga through various layers of postwar society reflects the wider transformation of politics and social organization in Japan during the last years of the twentieth century.

About The Author
Sharon Kinsella is research fellow and lecturer at Pembroke College, Cambridge University.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780824823184
Publisher:
University of Hawaii Press, The
Publication date:
01/01/2000
Series:
Consumasian Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 8.53(h) x 0.74(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsix
List of Figuresxi
Introduction1
1A Short History of Manga19
2The Manga Production Cycle50
3Adult Manga and the Regeneration of National Culture70
4Amateur Manga Subculture and the otaku panic102
5The Movement Against Manga139
6Creative Editors and Unusable Artists162
7Conclusion: The Source of Intellectual Power in a Late Twentieth-Century Society202
Notes208
References213
Index224

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