Manga: An Anthology of Global and Cultural Perspectives

Manga: An Anthology of Global and Cultural Perspectives

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by Toni Johnson-Woods
     
 

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An important collection of essays by an international cast of scholars, experts and fans. Provides a one-stop resource for all those who want to learn more about Manga, as well as for anybody teaching a course on the subject.

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There is no other book that brings together all the essays central to understanding and studying manga.

Includes case

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An important collection of essays by an international cast of scholars, experts and fans. Provides a one-stop resource for all those who want to learn more about Manga, as well as for anybody teaching a course on the subject.

Sales Points

There is no other book that brings together all the essays central to understanding and studying manga.

Includes case studies and engages with current debates.

Manga is the newest publishing phenomenon: the Bard has been 'translated' into manga by a British publishing house; In May 2007, Japan announced an International Manga Award because the Foreign Ministry believes it has "enhanced global understanding of Japanese culture".

Description

Once upon a time, one had to read Japanese in order to enjoy manga. Today manga has become a global phenomenon, attracting audiences worldwide. The style has become so popular, in fact, that in the US and UK publishers are appropriating the manga style in a variety of print material. Comic publishers such as Dark Horse and Viz are translating Japanese classics, such as Fruits Basket, into English. And of course it wasn't long before Shakespeare received the manga treatment. So what is manga?

Manga roughly translates as "whimsical pictures" and its long history traces all the way back to picture books from eighteenth century Japan. Today, it comes in two basic forms: anthology magazines that contain several serials and manga 'books' (tankobon) that collect long-running serials from the anthologies and reprint them in one volume. The anthologies contain several serials and are so dense that they are colloquially known as phone books.

Containing sections addressing the manga industry on aninternational scale, the different genres, formats and artists, as well the fans themselves, Manga: An Anthology of Global and Cultural Perspectives is an important collection of essays.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826429377
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
04/15/2010
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author


Toni Johnson-Woods is President of the Pop Culture Association of Australia (PopCANNZ) and Senior Lecturer in the English, Media Studies and Art History School at the University of Queensland.

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