Manga and the Representation of Japanese History

Edited by Roman Rosenbaum

© 2013 – Routledge

276 pages | 39 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

This edited collection explores how graphic art and in particular Japanese manga represent Japanese history.

The articles explore the representation of history in manga from disciplines that include such diverse fields as literary studies, politics, history, cultural studies, linguistics, narratology, and semiotics. Despite this diversity of approaches all academics from these respective fields of study agree that manga pose a peculiarly contemporary appeal that transcends the limitation imposed by traditional approaches to the study and teaching of history. The representation of history via manga in Japan has a long and controversial historiographical dimension. Thereby manga and by extension graphic art in Japanese culture has become one of the world’s most powerful modes of expressing contemporary historical verisimilitude. The contributors to this volume elaborate how manga and by extension graphic art rewrites, reinvents and re-imagines the historicity and dialectic of bygone epochs in postwar and contemporary Japan.

Manga and the Representation of Japanese History will be of interest to students and scholars of Asian studies, Asian history, Japanese culture and society, as well as art and visual culture

Table of Contents

Foreword by Professor John A. Lent 1. The Representation of Japanese History in Manga Roman Rosenbaum 2. Sabotaging the Rising Sun: Representing History in Tezuka Osamu’s Phoenix Rachael Hutchinson 3. Reading Showa History through Manga: Astro Boy as the avatar of postwar Japanese culture Roman Rosenbaum 4. Representations of Gendered Violence in Manga: The Case of Enforced Military Prostitution Erik Ropers 5.Maruo Suehiro’s ‘Planet of the Jap’: Revanchist Fantasy or War Critique? Rachel DiNitto and Peter Luebke 6. Making History Herstory: Nelson’s Son and Siebold’s Daughter in Japanese Shōjo Manga Ulrich Heinze 7. Heroes and Villains: Manchukuo in Yasuhiko Yoshikazu’s "Rainbow Trotsky" Emer O’Dwyer 8. Making History – Manga Between Kyara and Historiography Matthew Penney 9. Postmodern Representations of the Pre-modern Edo Period Paul Sutcliffe 10. ‘LAND OF KAMI, LAND OF THE DEAD:’ Paligenesis and the Aesthetics of Religious Revisionism in Kobayashi Yoshinori’s ‘Neo-Gômanist Manifesto: On Yasukuni’ James Mark Shields 11. Hating Korea, Hating the Media – Manga Kenkanryû and the Graphical (Mis-) Representation of Japanese History in the Internet Age Raffael Raddatz 12. Towards a Summation: How do manga represent history? Roman Rosenbaum

About the Editor

Roman Rosenbaum is an Honorary Associate of the University of Sydney, Australia and the International Research Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto, Japan.

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary Japan Series

The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars on all aspects of contemporary Japan.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART019000
ART / Asian
CGN004050
COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / General
HIS003000
HISTORY / Asia / General
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General