Japanese Aesthetics and Anime

The Influence of Tradition

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About the Book

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.

About the Author(s)

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

Bibliographic Details

Dani Cavallaro
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 207
Bibliographic Info: filmography, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2013
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7151-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0383-4
Imprint: McFarland

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