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Napier, Susan J. From Impressionism to Anime. Japan as Fantasy and Fan Cult in the Mind of the West. New York [etc.]: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. (258 S.) 
Resource type: Book
Languages: englisch
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 1403962138
BibTeX citation key: Napier2007a
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Categories: General
Keywords: Animation, Fankultur, Interkulturalität, Japan, Manga, Randformen des Comics
Creators: Napier
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (New York [etc.])
What is it about anime that is so appealing to a transnational fan base? Is the American attraction to anime similar to the popularity of previous fads of Japanese culture, like the Japonisants of fin-de-siecle France enamored of Japanese art and architecture, or the American poets in the fifties and sixties who latched onto haiku? Or is this something new, a product of global culture in which ethnic identities carry less weight? This book explores these issues by taking a look at anime fans and the place they occupy, both in terms of subculture in Japan and America, and in relation to Western perceptions of Japan since the late 1800s.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Orientalism, (soft) Power and Pleasure
Japonisme from Monet to Van Gogh
“Mon Semblable! Mon Frere”: Collecting, Doubling and Mirroring Japan in England and America 1878–1941
Paths of Power: Japan as Utopia and Dystopia in the Postwar American Imagination
The Dark Heart of Fantasy: Japanese Women in the Eyes of the Western Male
90’s and Beyond: Japanese Fantasy Takes Wing
Anime Nation: Cons, Cosplay and (Sub) Cultural Capital
Differing Destinations: Cultural Identification, Orientalism, and “Soft Power” in 21st Century Anime Fandom
In Search of Sacred Space? Anime Fandom and MiyazakiWorld
Conclusion: From Fans to Fandom
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