Interpreting Anime

Interpreting Anime For students fans and scholars alike this wide ranging primer on anime employs a panoply of critical approaches Well known through hit movies like Spirited Away Akira and Ghost in the Shell anim

  • Title: Interpreting Anime
  • Author: Christopher Bolton
  • ISBN: 9781517904036
  • Page: 129
  • Format: Paperback
  • For students, fans, and scholars alike, this wide ranging primer on anime employs a panoply of critical approaches Well known through hit movies like Spirited Away, Akira, and Ghost in the Shell, anime has a long history spanning a wide range of directors, genres, and styles Christopher Bolton s Interpreting Anime is a thoughtful, carefully organized introduction to JapanFor students, fans, and scholars alike, this wide ranging primer on anime employs a panoply of critical approaches Well known through hit movies like Spirited Away, Akira, and Ghost in the Shell, anime has a long history spanning a wide range of directors, genres, and styles Christopher Bolton s Interpreting Anime is a thoughtful, carefully organized introduction to Japanese animation for anyone eager to see why this genre has remained a vital, adaptable art form for decades.Interpreting Anime is easily accessible and structured around individual films and a broad array of critical approaches Each chapter centers on a different feature length anime film, juxtaposing it with a particular medium like literary fiction, classical Japanese theater, and contemporary stage drama to reveal what is unique about anime s way of representing the world This analysis is abetted by a suite of questions provoked by each film, along with Bolton s incisive responses.Throughout, Interpreting Anime applies multiple frames, such as queer theory, psychoanalysis, and theories of postmodernism, giving readers a thorough understanding of both the cultural underpinnings and critical significance of each film What emerges from the sweep of Interpreting Anime is Bolton s original, articulate case for what makes anime unique as a medium how it at once engages profound social and political realities while also drawing attention to the very challenges of representing reality in animation s imaginative and compelling visual forms.

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