Dialectics of the Goddess in Japanese Audiovisual Culture

Dialectics of the Goddess in Japanese Audiovisual Culture

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Through provocative essays by specialists in different aspects of Japanese culture, this book provides an historical and analytical survey of the presence of Goddesses in Japanese audiovisual culture from its origins to the present day. It shows how these feminine myths are represented in Japan; not only as beneficial or creative deities, but also the archetypal strong or dominant woman that sometimes overshadows masculine figures and heroes, or as influential figures. Therefore, it analyzes this rich dialectic of the feminine and how the audiovisual culture has represented it thus far in film, TV series, and video games made in Japan. While many theories have been proposed to explain the presence of Goddesses in Japan, this book’s focus on audiovisual culture explores how this corpus challenges the traditional conceptions of the feminine as related to Goddesses.

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ISBN-13: 9781498570152
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 12/01/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 188
File size: 13 MB
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About the Author

Lorenzo J. Torres Hortelano is senior lecturer at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Representations of Goddesses in Japanese Audiovisual Culture: A New Concept
Lorenzo J. Torres Hortelano
1. Kannon-sama and the Spirit of Compassion in Japanese Cinema
Linda C. Ehrlich
2. Suffering and Deification: The Goddess in Night Drum
Sybil A. Thornton
3. The Profound Desire of the Goddess: Sexuality and Politics in The Insect Woman
Irene González-López
4. Anime Goddesses and their Hollywood Transformations
Dolores P. Martinez
5. Deviant Attitudes, Lost Names and the Ether: Goddesses in Contemporary Japanese Audiovisuals
José Montaño
6. The Humanization of the Goddess: Isao Takahata’s Princess Kaguya
Laura Montero
7. Goddesses in Japanese Videogames: Tradition, Gameplay, Gender, and Power
Víctor Navarro-Remesal
8. Ghostly Goddesses in in Japanese Cinema
Lorenzo J. Torres Hortelano
Notes on contributors

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