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In Godzilla's Footsteps Japanese Pop Culture Icons on the Global Stage

by William M. Tsutsui

In Godzilla's Footsteps Japanese Pop Culture Icons on the Global Stage Synopsis

These essays consider the Godzilla films and how they shaped and influenced postwar Japanese culture, as well as the globalization of Japanese pop culture icons. There are contributions from Film Studies, Anthropology, History, Literature, Theatre and Cultural Studies and from Susan Napier, Anne Allison, Christine Yano and others.

In Godzilla's Footsteps Japanese Pop Culture Icons on the Global Stage Press Reviews

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

Book Information

ISBN: 9781403964632
Publication date: 8th September 2006
Author: William M. Tsutsui
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan an imprint of Palgrave USA
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 212 pages
Categories: Films, cinema, Popular culture,

About William M. Tsutsui

WILLIAM M. TSUTSUI is Associate Professor of History at the University of Kansas, USA. He is also the author of Godzilla on My Mind (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and two books on Japanese history. MICHIKO ITO is Japanese Studies Librarian at the University of Kansas, USA.

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