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Media and the Politics of Memory in Japan
Edited by Blai Guarné, Artur Lozano-Méndez, and Dolores P. Martinez
210 pages, 27 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78533-959-2 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Not Yet Published (March 2019)
eISBN 978-1-78533-960-8 eBook Not Yet Published
From melodramas to experimental documentaries to anime, mass media in Japan constitute a key site in which the nation’s social memory is articulated, disseminated, and contested. Through a series of stimulating case studies, this volume examines the political and cultural representations of Japan’s past, showing how they have reinforced personal and collective narratives while also formulating new cultural meanings, both on a local scale and in the context of transnational media production and consumption. Drawing upon diverse disciplinary insights and methodologies, these studies collectively offer a nuanced account in which mass media functions as much more than a simple ideological tool.
Blai Guarné is an Associate Professor and Secretary of the East Asian Studies and Research Centre at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He has been Visiting Fellow at the University of Tokyo, the National Museum of Ethnology in Japan, and a Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University.
Artur Lozano-Méndez teaches Japanese studies at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He holds degrees in Translation and Interpreting, East Asian Studies, and Translation and Intercultural Studies based on research in contemporary East Asia. His publications include multiple book reviews as well as a chapter in Counterpoints: Edward Said’s Legacy (2010).
Dolores P. Martinez is an Emeritus Reader in Anthropology at SOAS, University of London and Research Associate at ISCA, University of Oxford. She has authored and edited numerous books, most recently Assembling Japan (2015), and Gender and Japanese Society (2014) and is co-editor of the Berghahn Books series Asian Anthropologies.
Subject: Media Studies Film Studies General Cultural Studies
Introduction: The Politics of Media and Memory Representation in Japan
Blai Guarné, Artur Lozano-Méndez, and Dolores P. Martinez
PART I: WAR’S AFTERMATH
Chapter 1. The Death of Certainty: Memory, guilt and redemption in Ikiru
Dolores P. Martinez
Chapter 2. Postwar Narratives and the Avant-garde Documentary: Tokyo 1958 and Furyō Shōnen
Marcos Centeno Martín
Chapter 3. Radical Subjectivity as a Counter to Japanese Humanist Cinema: Ōshima Nagisa’s Nūberu Bāgu
Ferran de Vargas
PART II: THE PAST IN THE PRESENT
Chapter 4. Recreating Memory? The Drama Watashi wa kai ni naritai and Its Remakes
Chapter 5. From Myth to Cult: Tragic Heroes, Parody and Gender Politics in the 1960s–1970s ‘Bad Girls’ Cinema of Japan
Chapter 6. Collective Remorse for the Past: Japanese Film and TV Representations of the 1960s Student Movement
PART III: THE PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY
Chapter 7. Depicting the Persistence of Being Postwar: Eden of the East
Chapter 8. Rethinking Anime in East Asia: Creative Labour in Transnational Production, Or, What Gets Lost in Translation
Afterword: The Persistence of Trauma
Dolores P. Martinez, Blai Guarné, and Artur Lozano-Méndez
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