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The Representation of Japanese Politics in Manga
The Visual Literacy Of Statecraft

Edited By

Roman Rosenbaum

ISBN 9780367439965
Published October 30, 2020 by Routledge
298 Pages 48 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This edited volume explores political motives, discourses and agendas in Japanese manga and graphic art with the objective of highlighting the agency of Japanese and wider Asian story-telling traditions within the context of global political traditions. Highly illustrated chapters presented here investigate the multifaceted relationship between Japan’s political storytelling practices, media and bureaucratic discourse, as played out between both the visual arts and modern pop-cultural authors. From pioneering cartoonist Tezuka Osamu, contemporary manga artists such as Kotobuki Shiriagari and Fumiyo Kōno, to videogames and everyday merchandise, a wealth of source material is analysed using cross-genre techniques. Furthermore, the book resists claims that manga, unlike the bandes dessinées and American superhero comic traditions, is apolitical. On the contrary, contributors demonstrate that manga and the mediality of graphic arts have begun to actively incorporate political discourses, undermining hegemonic cultural constructs that support either the status quo, or emerging brands of neonationalism in Japanese society. The Representation of Politics in Manga will be a dynamic resource for students and scholars of Japanese studies, media and popular cultural studies, as well as practitioners in the graphic arts.

Table of Contents

    1. Introduction

    Roman Rosenbaum

    2. Re-envisioning the Dark Valley and the Decline of the Peace State

    Barbara Greene

    3. Kobayashi Yoshinori’s Just War and Unjust Peace:Sensō ron, Arrogant-ism, and Selective Memory

    Michael Lewis

    4. "Sexual Politics: Pan-Pan Girls in Postwar Manga and Magazine Illustrations"

    Michiko Takeuchi

    5. NEETs vs. Nuns: Visualizing the Moral Panic of Japanese Conservatives

    Sean Patrick Webb

    6. The Body Political: Women and War in Kantai Collection

    Rachael Hutchinson

    7. Towards an Unrestrained Military: Manga Narratives of the Self-Defense Forces

    Jeffrey J. Hall

    8. The political representation of Hiroshima in the Graphic Art of Kōno Fumiyo

    Roman Rosenbaum

    10. "What Tezuka Might Tell Trump: Critiquing Japanese Uniqueness in Gringo"

    Ben Whaley

    11. Questioning the politics of popular culture: Tatsuta Kazuto’s manga 1F and the national discourse on 3/11

    Stephan Köhn

    12. Database Nationalism: The Disaggregation of Nation, Nationalism, and Symbol in Pop Culture.

    Christopher Smith

    13. Envisioning Nuclear Futures: Shiriagari Kotobuki’s 3/11 manga from Hope to Despair

    Rachel DiNitto

    14. Kokoro (心): Civic epistemology of self-knowledge in Japanese war-themed manga

    Yuka Hasegawa

    15. Conclusion

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    Roman Rosenbaum PhD is an Honorary Associate at the University of Sydney Australia. He specialises in Postwar Japanese Literature and Popular Cultural Studies. He is the editor of Representation of Japanese History in Manga (2013) and Visions of Precarity in Japanese Popular Culture and Literature (2015).