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In Godzilla's Footsteps : Japanese Pop Culture Icons on the Global Stage - William M. Tsutsui

In Godzilla's Footsteps

Japanese Pop Culture Icons on the Global Stage

By: William M. Tsutsui (Editor), Michiko Ito (Editor)

Paperback Published: 8th September 2006
ISBN: 9781403964632
Number Of Pages: 212

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02 These essays consider the Godzilla films and how they were shaped (by and in turn 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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"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) "In Godzilla's Footsteps is a fascinating look back at the early seeds of today's blossoming Japanese pop culture abroad." - Greenman Review

Introduction
When Godzilla Speaks
Mobilizing Gojira: Mourning Modernity as Monstrosity
Gojira as Japan's First Postwar Media Event
Lost in Translation and Morphed in Transit: Godzilla in Cold War America
Wrestling with Godzilla: Intertextuality, Childish Spectatorship, and the National Body
Mothra's Gigantic Egg: Consuming the South Pacific in 1960s Japan
Hybridity and Negotiated Identity in Japanese Popular Culture
Teaching Godzilla: Classroom Encounters with a Cultural Icon
"Our First Kiss Had a Radioactive Taste": Ohashi Yasuhiko's Gojira in Japan and Canada
Godzilla Meets Super-Kyogen, or How a Dinosaur Saved the World
Monstering the Japanese Cute: Pink Globalization and Its Critics Abroad
Kikaida for Life: Cult Fandom in a Japanese Live-Action TV Show in Hawai'i
Apocalypsis in Fantasy and Reality: Japanese Pop Culture in Contemporary Russia
Epilogue. He Did the Stomp, He Did the Monster Stomp
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ISBN: 9781403964632
ISBN-10: 1403964637
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 8th September 2006
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 17.0  x 1.19
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1

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