Japanese Aesthetics and Anime: The Influence of Tradition

Japanese Aesthetics and Anime: The Influence of Tradition

by Dani Cavallaro


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This study addresses the relationship between Japanese aesthetics, a field steeped in philosophy and traditional knowledge, and anime, a prominent part of contemporary popular culture. There are three premises: (1) the abstract concepts promoted by Japanese aesthetics find concrete expression at the most disparate levels of everyday life; (2) the abstract and the concrete coalesce in the visual domain, attesting to the visual nature of Japanese culture at large; and (3) anime can help us appreciate many aspects of Japan's aesthetic legacy, in terms of both its theoretical propositions and its visual, even tangible, aspects.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786471515
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 01/03/2013
Pages: 207
Sales rank: 862,680
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(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. Philosophical Perspectives  5

2. Creativity  54

One. Cultural Background 54

Two. Expressions of Creativity in Anime 73

3. Nature  127

One. Cultural Background 127

Two. Interpretations of Nature in Anime 146

Filmography  187

Bibliography  189

Index  197

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