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Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams: Japanese Science Fiction from Origins to Anime by Christopher Bolton

Since the end of the Second World War—and particularly over the last decade—Japanese science fiction has strongly influenced global popular culture. Unlike American and British science fiction, its most popular examples have been visual—from Gojira (Godzilla) and Astro Boy in the 1950s and 1960s to the anime masterpieces Akira and Ghost in the Shell of the 1980s and 1990s—while little attention has been paid to a vibrant tradition of prose science fiction in Japan.

Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams remedies this neglect with a rich exploration of the genre that connects prose science fiction to contemporary anime. Bringing together Western scholars and leading Japanese critics, this groundbreaking work traces the beginnings, evolution, and future direction of science fiction in Japan, its major schools and authors, cultural origins and relationship to its Western counterparts, the role of the genre in the formation of Japan’s national and political identity, and its unique fan culture.

Covering a remarkable range of texts—from the 1930s fantastic detective fiction of Yumeno Kyûsaku to the cross-culturally produced and marketed film and video game franchise Final Fantasy—this book firmly establishes Japanese science fiction as a vital and exciting genre.

Contributors: Hiroki Azuma; Hiroko Chiba, DePauw U; Naoki Chiba; William O. Gardner, Swarthmore College; Mari Kotani; Livia Monnet, U of Montreal; Miri Nakamura, Stanford U; Susan Napier, Tufts U; Sharalyn Orbaugh, U of British Columbia; Tamaki Saitô; Thomas Schnellbächer, Berlin Free U.

Christopher Bolton is assistant professor of Japanese at Williams College.

Istvan Csicsery-Ronay Jr. is professor of English at DePauw University.

Takayuki Tatsumi is professor of English at Keio University.
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Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams

Skip to content. Skip to navigation. Coming soon. Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams is a rich exploration of the genre that connects prose science fiction to contemporary anime. Bringing together Western scholars and leading Japanese critics, this groundbreaking work traces the beginnings, evolution, and future direction of science fiction in Japan. Eye-opening, entertaining, and informative, Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams provides a fascinating, in-depth overview of Japanese prose science fiction and animated series and films, from prewar precursors to the most recent cutting-edge works. Since the end of the Second World War—and particularly over the past decade—Japanese science fiction has strongly influenced global popular culture.

Since the end of the Second World War—and particularly over the last decade—Japanese science fiction has strongly influenced global popular culture. Unlike American and British science fiction, its most popular examples have been visual—from Gojira Godzilla and Astro Boy in the s and s to the anime masterpieces Akira and Ghost in the Shell of the s and s—while little attention has been paid to a vibrant tradition of prose science fiction in Japan. Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams remedies this neglect with a rich exploration of the genre that connects prose science fiction to contemporary anime. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.

Academic journal article Science Fiction Film and Television. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, The collection of essays in Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams brings together a group of Japanese and North American academics in a highly readable text that takes the form of an historical survey imaginatively linking Japanese sf literature from the early twentieth century to its contemporary global manifestations in the new media of manga, anime and gaming. As stated in the introduction, 'For western audiences, [the] dominance of Japanese visual science fiction has eclipsed the fact that Japan also has a vibrant tradition of prose science fiction' x. The avantgarde writer Abe Kobo's Inter Ice Age 4 ; translated was 'instrumental' in launching sf as a genre in Japan. This first section also encompasses an overview of the vibrant forms of women's sf literature by Kotani Mari. Susan Napierfs eWhen the Machine Stopsf, based on a reading of two key anime series from the s, Shin seiki evangerion Neon Genesis Evangelion;

From the same publishers as the Mechademia journal, and with essays by many of the same writers, comes this wonderful anthology that does exactly what I claimed most books on anime don't. As is pointed out in the introduction, very little Japanese sci-fi literature has been translated, which makes it rather difficult for foreign viewers to work out where anime and manga sit within the broader scheme of things. Miri Nakamura's opening essay, 'Horror and Machines in Prewar Japan: The Mechanical Uncanny in Yumeno Kyusaku's Dogura Magura' really had me slathering to get a hand on a English-language copy of this seminal work from , which sounds absolutely extraordinary, but alas, only a French translation exist.
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