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Tokyo Cyberpunk : Posthumanism in Japanese Visual Culture - Steven T. Brown

Tokyo Cyberpunk

Posthumanism in Japanese Visual Culture

Paperback Published: 3rd August 2010
ISBN: 9780230103603
Number Of Pages: 256

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Engaging some of the most ground-breaking and thought-provoking anime, manga, and science fiction films, "Tokyo Cyberpunk" offers insightful analysis of Japanese visual culture. Steven T. Brown draws new conclusions about electronically mediated forms of social interaction, as well as specific Japanese socioeconomic issues, all in the context of globalization and advanced capitalism. Penetrating and nuanced, this book makes a major contribution to the debate about what it means to be human in a posthuman world.

"Brown makes a highly important contribution to Japanese visual studies as a whole . . . An enjoyable and eminently readable text . . . It will be very much at home in Japanese studies courses focused on film, anime, and popular culture, as well as film and cultural studies courses focused on science fiction, technology, and posthumanism." - The Journal of Asian Studies

"It should prove of use to specialists in film studies and Japanese culture . . . Recommended." - CHOICE

"A welcome exploration of science fiction within 'Japanese visual culture' . . . Tokyo Cyberpunk is an exciting study that is at its best when it considers the transcultural theoretical value of Japanese visual culture. Its detailed bibliography makes it ideal for university library collections, as well as for teachers and researchers who are interested in the expansion and further complication of the existing work on sf, transnational cultural studies, and critical posthumanism." - Science Fiction Studies

"Tokyo Cyberpunk is hugely inspiring, precisely for the liberating effects of Brown's stance - which runs counter to the totalitarian, monolithic approach of most (or virtually all) film studies, be they historical or monographic. To anyone who has ever felt the slightest sense of amazement at Akira's epic post-apocalyptic visions, the merest excitement at Tetsuo's metallic mutations, or seen a glint of wonder reflected off a gynoid's glistening frame, this is a book that will make the synapses work overtime, providing total recall of that original moment and amplifying it a thousandfold. To anyone with the slightest interest in the power and potential of science fiction, Tokyo Cyberpunk is essential reading." - Tom Mes, MidnightEye.com

"Tokyo Cyberpunk is one of the best works I have ever read on Japanese popular culture. In fact, I would place it as one of the best works on recent popular culture in general that I have read. The topics are fascinating, important, and wide ranging. The analysis is thorough, imaginative, and sophisticated without being over-jargonated and unapproachable. The book is a genuine pleasure to read - stimulating, informative and even eye-opening at particular moments, when the author works through a wide and sometimes seemingly disparate variety of sources to open up a particular icon of cyberpunk (or should I say simply 'contemporary'?) culture." - Susan Napier, Professor of Japanese Studies, Tufts University and author of From Impressionism to Anime: Japan as Fantasy and Fan Cult in the Mind of the West

"Strikingly original in its conception, Tokyo Cyberpunk engages with critical rigor and artistic insight some of the most challenging Japanese live-action and animated films that interrogate the contours of an increasingly technologized humanity. Brown pushes his analyses past usual domestic readings into new transnational matrixes of meaning. Tsukamoto Shinya's cyberpunk classic Tetsuo: The Iron Man is recast in productive relationships within a globalized media environment that includes Fritz Lang's Metropolis and David Cronenberg's Videodrome in a way that compels us to watch all of these films (again) with deeper understanding and appreciation; Oshii Mamoru's Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence is unpacked within a transnational grammar and dialogue of the posthuman from the dolls of Hans Bellmer to the cyborgs of Donna Haraway while Brown's treatment of Oshii's often overlooked Avalon opens up penetrating and timely discussions on the differences between analog and digital film and diminishing border between live-action versus anime. Informed but not overburdened by critical theory and committed to a transnational frame without ignoring local social contexts, Tokyo Cyberpunkpropels the reader on new lines of flight through contemporary Japanese visual media that peers just over the edge of our present." - Gerald Figal, Associate Professor of History and East Asian Studies, Vanderbilt University and author of Civilization and Monsters: Spirits of Modernity in Meiji Japan

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Posthumanism after AKIRAp. 1
Reading Rhizomaticallyp. 3
Machinic Desires, Desiring Machines, and Consensual Hallucinationsp. 10
Machinic Desires: Hans Bellmer's Dolls and the Technological Uncanny in Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocencep. 13
An Overview of Innocencep. 14
ôOnce their strings are cut, they easily crumbleöp. 23
From Puppets to Automatap. 29
The Uncanny Mansionp. 32
The Dolls of Hans Bellmerp. 36
Bellmer/Oshiip. 44
On the Innocence of Dolls, Angels, and Becoming-Animalp. 50
Desiring Machines: Biomechanoid Eros and Other Techno-Fetishes in Tetsuo: The Iron Man and Its Precursorsp. 55
The Birth of Sexy Robotsp. 56
After Metropolis, Before Tetsuo: Un chien andaloup. 60
Giger's Biomechanoids, Erotomechanics, and Metal Fetishistsp. 64
The ôRegular-Sizeö Monsters of Matangop. 71
Mutating from the Inside Out: The Flyp. 72
ôLong Live the New Fleshö: Videodromep. 79
The Tentacle Motif from Hokusai to Tetsuop. 93
Envisioning the Machine-City after Blade Runnerp. 99
Confrontations with the Salaryman Model: Resisting Hegemonic Masculinity and State-Sponsored Capitalismp. 105
Coda: Co-opting Tetsuo in Tetsuo II: Body Hammerp. 109
Consensual Hallucinations and the Phantoms of Electronic Presence in Kairo and Avalonp. 111
Letting In Ghosts, Shutting Out the Sunp. 113
Into the Mise en Abyme: Spectral Flows and the Forbidden Roomp. 120
The Human Stain: Suicide in the Shadow of Hiroshimap. 127
Avalon and ôBorderline Cinemaöp. 132
The Society of the Spectaclep. 137
The Surrealism of (Virtually) Everyday Lifep. 140
ôWelcome to Class Realöp. 143
Conclusion: Software in a Body: Critical Posthumanism and Serial Experiments Lainp. 157
A Shojo Named Lainp. 161
E-mail from the Deadp. 162
Doppelgängers in Cyberspacep. 167
Desiring Disembodimentp. 176
The Question of Resistancep. 181
Notesp. 187
Bibliographyp. 229
Indexp. 247
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ISBN: 9780230103603
ISBN-10: 023010360X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 3rd August 2010
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 14.99  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1