A history of Popular Culture in JapanHR528
From the Seventeenth Century to the Present
di E. Taylor Atkins
Bloomsbury academic, 2022 - ISBN: 9781350195929, 394 pag., 15,5 x 23,5 cm.
The phenomenon of 'Cool Japan' is one of the distinctive features of global popular culture of the millennial age. A History of Popular Culture in Japan provides the first historical and analytical overview of popular culture in Japan from its origins in the 17th century to the present day, using it to explore broader themes of conflict, power and meaning in Japanese history.
E. Taylor Atkins shows how Japan was one of the earliest sites for the development of mass-produced, market-oriented cultural products consumed by urban middle and working classes. From traditional monochrome ink painting, court literature and poetry to anime, manga and J-Pop, popular culture was pivotal in the rise of Japanese nationalism, imperialism, militarism and economic development, and to the present day plays a central role in Japanese identity.
With updated historiography throughout, this fully revised second edition features:
- A new chapter on popular culture in the Edo period
- An expanded section on pre-Tokugawa culture
- More discussion on recent pop culture phenomena such as TV game shows, cuteness and J-Pop
- 10 new images
- A new glossary of terms including kanji
This improved edition is a vital resource for students of Japanese cultural history wishing to gain a deeper understanding of Japan's contributions to global cultural heritage. geographer Paul Waley that puts the book into perspective for modern readers.