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In Promiscuous Media, Hikari Hori makes a compelling case that the visual culture of Showa-era Japan articulated urgent issues of modernity rather than serving as a simple expression of nationalism. Hori makes clear that the Japanese cinema of the time was in fact almost wholly built on a foundation of Russian and British film theory as well as American film genres and techniques. Hori provides a range of examples that illustrate how maternal melodrama and animated features, akin to those popularized by Disney, were adopted wholesale by Japanese filmmakers.

Emperor Hirohito’s image, Hori argues, was inseparable from the development of mass media; he was the first emperor whose public appearances were covered by media ranging from postcards to radio broadcasts. Worship of the emperor through viewing his image, Hori shows, taught the Japanese people how to look at images and primed their enjoyment of early animation and documentary films alike. Promiscuous Media links the political and the cultural closely in a way that illuminates the nature of twentieth-century Japanese society.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Introduction. Film and Visual Culture: The Early Showa Era, Historical Contexts, and Narrative Frameworks
  2. pp. 1-21
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  1. 1. Photography’s Aura: The Modern Emperor and Mass Media
  2. pp. 22-69
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  1. 2. Contested Motherhood and Entertainment Film
  2. pp. 70-113
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  1. 3. The Politics of Japanese Documentary Film
  2. pp. 114-154
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  1. 4. The Dream of Japanese National Animation
  2. pp. 155-203
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 204-216
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 217-260
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 261-278
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 279-298
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781501709524
Related ISBN
9781501714542
MARC Record
OCLC
991536117
Pages
312
Launched on MUSE
2018-01-03
Language
English
Open Access
No
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