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From Impressionism to Anime: Japan as Fantasy and Fan Cult in the Mind of the West Susan J. Napier

From Impressionism to Anime: Japan as Fantasy and Fan Cult in the Mind of the West

Susan J. Napier

Published December 15th 2007
ISBN : 9781403962133
Hardcover
272 pages
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 About the Book 

What is it about anime that is so appealing to a transnational fan base? Is the American attraction to anime similar to the popularity of previous fads of Japanese culture, like the Japonisants of fin-de-siecle France enamored of Japanese art andMoreWhat is it about anime that is so appealing to a transnational fan base? Is the American attraction to anime similar to the popularity of previous fads of Japanese culture, like the Japonisants of fin-de-siecle France enamored of Japanese art and architecture, or the American poets in the fifties and sixties who latched onto haiku? Or is this something new, a product of global culture in which ethnic identities carry less weight? This book explores these issues by taking a look at anime fans and the place they occupy, both in terms of subculture in Japan and America, and in relation to Western perceptions of Japan since the late 1800s.