Book Announcement: Tokyo Cyberpunk

Aug 12th 2010
Tokyo Cyberpunk
Posthumanism in Japanese Visual Culture
Steven T. Brown

Engaging some of the most ground-breaking and thought-provoking anime, manga, and science fiction films, Tokyo Cyberpunk offers insightful analysis of Japanese visual culture. Steven T. Brown draws new conclusions about electronically mediated forms of social interaction, as well as specific Japanese socioeconomic issues, all in the context of globalization and advanced capitalism. Penetrating and nuanced, this book makes a major contribution to the debate about what it means to be human in a posthuman world.

"One of the best works I have ever read on Japanese popular culture. The book is a genuine pleasure to read—stimulating, informative and even eye-opening at particular moments, when the author works through a wide and sometimes seemingly disparate variety of sources to open up a particular icon of cyberpunk (or should I say simply 'contemporary'?) culture."—Susan Napier, Professor of Japanese Studies, TuftsUniversity and author of From Impressionism to Anime: Japan as Fantasy and Fan Cult in the Mind of the West

"Strikingly original in its conception, Tokyo Cyberpunk engages with critical rigor and artistic insight some of the most challenging Japanese live-action and animated films that interrogate the contours of an increasingly technologized humanity. Brown pushes his analyses past usual domestic readings into new transnational matrixes of meaning...Tokyo Cyberpunk propels the reader on new lines of flight through contemporary Japanese visual media that peers just over the edge of our present."—Gerald Figal, Associate Professor of History and East Asian Studies, VanderbiltUniversity

Steven T. Brown is the Director of Japanese Studies and Professor of Japanese Film & Popular Culture at the University of Oregon. He is the author of Theatricalities of Power: The Cultural Politics of Noh, the editor of Cinema Anime, and the co-editor of Performing Japanese Women, a special issue of the feminist journal Women & Performance.

0-230-10360-X || $27.00 PB || Available August 2010

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