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Manga An Anthology of Global and Cultural Perspectives by Toni Johnson-Woods

Manga An Anthology of Global and Cultural Perspectives


Manga An Anthology of Global and Cultural Perspectives by Toni Johnson-Woods

This book contains an important collection of essays by an international cast of scholars, experts and fans. It provides a one-stop resource for all those who want to learn more about Manga, as well as for anybody teaching a course on the subject. Once upon a time, one had to read Japanese in order to enjoy manga. Today manga has become a global phenomenon, attracting audiences worldwide. The style has become so popular, in fact, that in the US and UK publishers are appropriating the manga style in a variety of print material. Comic publishers such as Dark Horse and Viz are translating Japanese classics, such as Fruits Basket , into English. And of course it wasn't long before Shakespeare received the manga treatment. So what is manga?Manga roughly translates as 'whimsical pictures' and its long history traces all the way back to picture books from eighteenth century Japan. Today, it comes in two basic forms: anthology magazines that contain several serials and manga 'books' (tankobon) that collect long-running serials from the anthologies and reprint them in one volume. The anthologies contain several serials and are so dense that they are colloquially known as phone books.Containing sections addressing the manga industry on an international scale, the different genres, formats and artists, as well the fans themselves, Manga: An Anthology of Global and Cultural Perspectives is an important collection of essays.


Manga, originating in eighteenth-century Japan, has enjoyed a recent explosion of popularity around the world. This anthological collection of essays edited by Johnson-Woods, President of the Pop Culture Association of Australia, offers a range of perspectives on the subject appealing to fans of Manga and those in the study of media. From the origins of manga to its modern incarnation as a reflection of a multitude of cultures and view points, this survey exposes the versatility and conflicts of the genre and its place among the vast universe of comics and graphic novels. -Eithne O'Leyne, BOOK NEWS, Inc.

About the Author

Toni Johnson-Woods is a lecturer in Contemporary Studies at the University of Queensland. She has published three books on popular culture including Big and Gone But Not Forgotten (National Library of Australia, 2004).

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Publication date

3rd June 2010


Toni Johnson-Woods

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


336 pages




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