Tokyo Cyberpunk: Posthumanism in Japanese Visual Culture

Tokyo Cyberpunk: Posthumanism in Japanese Visual Culture

by Steven T. Brown
     
 

ISBN-10: 023010360X

ISBN-13: 9780230103603

Pub. Date: 08/03/2010

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Engaging some of the most canonical and thought-provoking anime, manga, and science fiction films, Tokyo Cyberpunk offers insightful analysis of Japanese visual culture. Stephen Brown draws new conclusions about the cultural flow of art, as well as important technological issues of the day.  See more details below

Overview

Engaging some of the most canonical and thought-provoking anime, manga, and science fiction films, Tokyo Cyberpunk offers insightful analysis of Japanese visual culture. Stephen Brown draws new conclusions about the cultural flow of art, as well as important technological issues of the day.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230103603
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
08/03/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
460,864
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Posthumanism after AKIRA 1

Reading Rhizomatically 3

Machinic Desires, Desiring Machines, and Consensual Hallucinations 10

Part I Machinic Desires: Hans Bellmer's Dolls and the Technological Uncanny in Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence 13

An Overview of Innocence 14

"Once their strings are cut, they easily crumble" 23

From Puppets to Automata 29

The Uncanny Mansion 32

The Dolls of Hans Bellmer 36

Bellmer/Oshii 44

On the Innocence of Dolls, Angels, and Becoming-Animal 50

Part II Desiring Machines: Biomechanoid Eros and Other Techno-Fetishes in Tetsuo: The Iron Man and Its Precursors 55

The Birth of Sexy Robots 56

After Metropolis, Before Tetsuo: Un chien andalou 60

Giger's Biomechanoids, Erotomechanics, and Metal Fetishists 64

The "Regular-Size" Monsters of Matango 71

Mutating from the Inside Out: The Fly 72

"Long Live the New Flesh": Videodrome 79

The Tentacle Motif from Hokusai to Tetsuo 93

Envisioning the Machine-City after Blade Runner 99

Confrontations with the Salaryman Model: Resisting Hegemonic Masculinity and State-Sponsored Capitalism 105

Coda: Co-opting Tetsuo in Tetsuo II: Body Hammer 109

Part III Consensual Hallucinations and the Phantoms of Electronic Presence in Kairo and Avalon 111

Letting In Ghosts, Shutting Out the Sun 113

Into the Mise en Abyme: Spectral Flows and the Forbidden Room 120

The Human Stain: Suicide in the Shadow of Hiroshima 127

Avalon and "Borderline Cinema" 132

The Society of the Spectacle 137

The Surrealism of (Virtually) Everyday Life 140

"Welcome to Class Real" 143

Conclusion: Software in a Body: Critical Posthumanism and Serial Experiments Lain 157

A Shojo Named Lain 161

E-mail from the Dead 162

Doppelgängers in Cyberspace 167

Desiring Disembodiment 176

The Question of Resistance 181

Notes 187

Bibliography 229

Index 247

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