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Japanese Visual Media
Politicizing the Screen




ISBN 9780367722975
Published August 13, 2021 by Routledge
232 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book uncovers and explains the ways by which politics is naturalized and denaturalized, and familiarized and de-familiarized through popular media. It explores the tensions between state actors such as censors, politicized and nonpoliticized audiences, and visual media creators, at various points in the history of Japanese visual media. It offers new research on a wide array of visual media texts including classical narrative cinema, television, documentary film, manga, and animated film. It spans the militarized decades of the 1930s and 1940s, through the Asia Pacific War into the present day, and demonstrates how processes of politicization and depoliticization should be understood as part of wider historical developments including Japan’s postwar devastation and poverty, subsequent rapid modernization and urbanization, and the aging population and economic struggles of the twenty-first century.

Table of Contents

Introduction
JENNIFER COATES AND EYAL BEN- ARI

SECTION A
Historical contexts

1 A question of form: dissent and the nouvelle vague
ISOLDE STANDISH

2 Negotiating sex, the bizarre, and politics: the Abe Sada incident in films
KATSUYUKI HIDAKA

3 The four lives of Matsugorō the Lawless: agency, constraint, and what is "worthy" of film censorship in trans-war Japan
IRIS HAUKAMP

4 Tarzan and Japan: racial portraits of a nation in Boy Kenya
DEANNA T. NARDY

SECTION B
Critique, contestation, and resistan
ce

5 Down in the dumps: Tokyo wastelands and marginalized groups in Japanese film and anime
ALISA FREEDMAN

6 Cinema at the edge of the world: visions of precarity in the films of Kumakiri Kazuyoshi
LINDSAY NELSON

7 How to remember 3.11? Post-Fukushima documentary and the politics of Tōhoku Documentary Trilogy
(2011–2013)
RAN MA

SECTION C
Creating the political subject through media

8 The Japanese self-defence forces and cinematic productions: resonance and reverberation in the normalization of organized state violence
ATSUKO FUKUURA AND EYAL BEN-ARI

9 Politicizing the audience? Film fans’ experiences of cinema in the 1960s
JENNIFER COATES

10 Fading away from the screen: cinematic responses to queer ageing in contemporary Japanese cinema
YUTAKA KUBO

 

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Author(s)

Biography

Jennifer Coates is a senior lecturer in Japanese studies in the School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield, UK.

Eyal Ben-Ari
is director of the Kinneret Center for Society, Security and Peace, Israel.