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Cultural Hybrids of (Post)Modernism

Japanese and Western Literature, Art and Philosophy


Edited By Beatriz Penas-Ibáñez and Akiko Manabe

Cultural Hybrids of (Post)Modernism starts from the premise that the literary-cultural milieu we live in is characteristically hybrid. To develop that premise, the present volume focuses on explaining the strong impact that Japanese culture, especially Japanese aesthetics, bore on Western intellectuals, Modernist literary writers and artists from the second half of the nineteenth century onwards, and, conversely, the impact of Western modernity on Japanese cultural modernization from the Meiji Era onwards. Such intercultural contact has brought on a renewal of cultural formats that can be explained in terms of hybridity as regards both the aesthetic and the intellectual production of the artists and thinkers from Japan and the West throughout the twentieth century and to the present. The outcome of modernization was the creation of new cultural standards in Japan and the West and, with it, new ways of understanding pedagogy and education, a reconceptualization of the Nation versus the individual, a redefinition of the role of women in modernizing society, also a revision of philosophical thought and a new approach to the role of linguistic signs in the production of meaning.

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Satoshi Kon’s Tokyo Godfathers vs. John Ford’s Three Godfathers. From the modern to the postmodern homeless hero (Carolina Plou)


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Satoshi Kon’s Tokyo Godfathers vs. John Ford’s Three Godfathers. From the modern to the postmodern homeless hero

1.    Introduction

Satoshi Kon was a Japanese film director who focused mainly on the field of animation. Though his early death cut a promising career short, Kon left an important audiovisual legacy of relevant productions, among which there are four movies and an animated series. Kon’s beginnings, however, took place in the world of manga. He worked as an artist assistant in the production of Akira, an essential piece of work in the science-fiction manga genre. Later, in the mid nineties, Kon participated in various publications, published short stories like the very early Joyfull Bell (1989) and directed two series, one of which is Seraphim – 266613336 Wings where Kon worked together with Mamoru Oshii (who is well known for his direction of the cyberpunk movie Ghost in the Shell).1

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