Anime's Identity: Performativity and Form beyond Japan
University of Minnesota Press, 2021
Cloth: 978-1-5179-1177-5 | Paper: 978-1-5179-1178-2
Library of Congress Classification NC1766.J3
Dewey Decimal Classification 791.43340952
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ABOUT THIS BOOK
A formal approach to anime rethinks globalization and transnationality under neoliberalism
Far from valorizing the individualistic “originality” so often touted in national creative industries, anime reveals an alternate type of creativity based in repetition and variation. In exploring this alternative creativity and its accompanying aesthetics, Suan examines anime from fresh angles, including considerations of how anime operates like a brand of media, the intricacies of anime production occurring across national borders, inquiries into the selfhood involved in anime’s character acting, and analyses of various anime works that present differing modes of transnationality.
Anime’s Identity deftly merges theories from media studies and performance studies, introducing innovative formal concepts that connect anime to questions of dislocation on a global scale, creating a transformative new lens for analyzing popular media.
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