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In Godzilla's Footsteps: Japanese Pop Culture Icons On the Global Stage

In Godzilla's Footsteps: Japanese Pop Culture Icons On the Global Stage
William M. Tsutsui and Michiko Ito
New York : Palgrave MacMillian, 2006
DS822.5 .I485 2006

The creations of Japanese popular culture, from Pokémon to Hello Kitty to Super Mario, now enjoy international recognition and appeal. The essays in this volume explore the rise of these global icons, with special emphasis on Godzilla, the pioneering cinematic monster that started the world's love affair with Japanese pop culture in the 1950s. Scholars from a range of fields - history, film studies, anthropology, literature, and theater - examine the complex political, cultural, and social meanings of the Godzilla movies and their far-reaching legacies in Japan and abroad. This collection reveals what an actor in a green rubber costume - not to mention the legions of giant robots, pocket monsters, and post-apocalyptic mutants who followed in Godzilla's fifty-year-old footsteps - can tell us about Japan, the process of globalization, and ourselves.

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