Anime and Memory: Aesthetic, Cultural and Thematic Perspectives

Anime and Memory: Aesthetic, Cultural and Thematic Perspectives

by Dani Cavallaro


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The theme of memory has played a significant role in anime throughout its evolution as an art form and as popular entertainment. Anime's handling of memory is multifaceted, weaving it into diverse symbolic motifs, narratives and aesthetic issues. This study aims to provide a detailed analysis of a range of anime titles wherein different aspects of this cultural phenomenon are articulated. It explores anime films and series that exemplify the distinctive signatures placed by particular directors or studios on the treatment of memory, while also highlighting the prominence of memory in anime with reference to specific philosophical, artistic, and historical contexts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786441129
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 04/27/2009
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Dani Cavallaro has written widely about literature, cultural theory, and anime. She lives in London.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface 1

1. Theoretical Perspectives 5

2. Memory and Desire 13

3. The Archaeology of Memory 31

4. Memory as Quest 51

5. Split Memories 69

6. Memory and the City 90

7. Memory as Worldbuilding 109

8. Submerged Memories 133

9. Haunted Memories 155

Filmography 177

Chapter Notes 183

Bibliography 188

Index 191

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