In Godzilla's Footsteps: Japanese Pop Culture Icons on the Global Stage / Edition 1

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These essays consider the Godzilla films and how they were shaped (by and in turn shaped) postwar Japanese culture, as well as the globalization of Japanese pop culture icons in the wake of the Godzilla phenomenon. They fall within a wide range of disciplines: film studies, anthropology, history, literature, theater, and cultural studies. Contributors include Susan Napier, Anne Allison, Christine Yano, and others.

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Editorial Reviews

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"At last, a critical analysis of Godzilla movies that breathes enough fire to be worthy of the Big G himself. This is a book for anyone interested in Japanese culture -- scholars and fans alike will be delighted with these smart, provocative essays that explore what Japan's most popular monster has meant at home and abroad."--Annalee Newitz, author of Pretend We're Dead: Capitalist Monsters in American Pop Culture

"These thirteen essays contextualize Gojira in terms of war memory and scientific modernity, Japanese folklore and worldwide fandom, and 'green' and 'pink' globalization. Well-researched and illuminating, this book challenges students and teachers alike to confront all-too-common stereotypes about cheesy cultural products from Japan. In Godzilla's Footsteps is the most ambitious attempt to date to make sense of postwar Japan's popular culture historically, and to examine Japanese history through pop culture icons."--Franziska Seraphim, Assistant Professor of Japanese History, Boston College, author of War Memory and Social Politics in Japan, 1945-2006 (2006)

"In Godzilla's Footsteps is a fascinating look back at the early seeds of today's blossoming Japanese pop culture abroad." --Greenman Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403964632
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/23/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

William M. Tsutsui is Associate Professor of History at the University of Kansas. Michiko Ito is Japanese Studies Librarian at the University of Kansas.

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Table of Contents

Introduction--William M. Tsutsui
• When Godzilla Speaks--Susan Napier
• Mobilizing Gojira: Mourning Modernity as Monstrosity--Mark Anderson
Gojira as Japan's First Postwar Media Event--Barak Kushner
• Lost in Translation and Morphed in Transit: Godzilla in Cold War America--Sayuri Guthrie-Shimizu
• Wrestling with Godzilla: Intertextuality, Childish Spectatorship, and the National Body--Aaron Gerow
• Mothra's Gigantic Egg: Consuming the South Pacific in 1960s Japan--Yoshikuni
• Hybridity and Negotiated Identity in Japanese Popular Culture--Joyce Boss
• Teaching Godzilla: Classroom Encounters with a Cultural Icon--Joanne Bernardi
• "Our First Kiss Had a Radioactive Taste": Ohashi Yasuhiko's Gojira
in Japan and Canada--Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr.
• Godzilla Meets Super-Kyogen, or How a Dinosaur Saved the World--Eric Rath
• Monstering the Japanese Cute: Pink Globalization and
Its Critics Abroad--Christine Yano
• Kikaida for Life: Cult Fandom in a Japanese Live-Action TV Show in Hawai'i--Hirofumi Katsuno
• Apocalypsis in Fantasy and Reality: Japanese Pop Culture in Contemporary Russia--Yulia Mikhailova
• Epilogue. He Did the Stomp, He Did the Monster Stomp--Theodore C. Bestor

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