In Godzilla's Footsteps [NOOK Book]

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These essays consider the Godzilla films and how they were shaped (by and in turban 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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Overview

These essays consider the Godzilla films and how they were shaped (by and in turban 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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230259201
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/23/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

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

1 When Godzilla speaks 9
2 Mobilizing Gojira : mourning modernity as monstrosity 21
3 Gojira as Japan's first postwar media event 41
4 Lost in translation and morphed in transit : Godzilla in Cold War America 51
5 Wrestling with Godzilla: intertextuality, childish spectatorship, and the national body 63
6 Mothra's gigantic egg : consuming the South Pacific in 1960s Japan 83
7 Hybridity and negotiated identity in Japanese popular culture 103
8 Teaching Godzilla : classroom encounters with a cultural icon 111
9 "Our first kiss had a radioactive taste" : Ohashi Yasuhiko's Gojira in Japan and Canada 127
10 Godzilla meets Super Kyogen, or how a dinosaur saved the world 139
11 Monstering the Japanese cute: pink globalization and its critics abroad 153
12 Kikaida for life : cult fandom in a Japanese live-action TV show in Hawai'i 167
13 Apocalypse in fantasy and reality: Japanese pop culture in contemporary Russia 181
Epilogue : he did the stomp, he did the monster stomp 201
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