The Relay of Gazes

The Relay of Gazes : Representations of Culture in the Japanese Televisual and Cinematic Experience

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The Relay of Gazes is a demonstration that analysis of a variety of films and television programs is the key to revealing how dramatically Japan's image has evolved in recent decades. The films and programs analyzed include anime of Hayao Miyazaki, travelogue films of German director Wim Wenders, Japanese-American latter-day musical films, and U.S. television coverage of the Kobe earthquake and the Nagano Olympic Winter Games.show more

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  • Hardback | 128 pages
  • 161 x 238 x 15mm | 372g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739121251
  • 9780739121252

About Carol Ota

Carol Ota has a Ph.D. in film and television from the University of California, Los Angeles. This is her first book.show more

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Carol Ota?s The Relay of Gazes is at once a study of contemporary Japan and Japanese culture, of media representations, and of the construction of places. Drawing upon a wide range of theorists, but especially John Urry, James Howard Kunstler, and Michel Foucault, she lays out the ways in which the gazes of the insider, the visitor, and the outsider, directed at Japan, tell us something important about each. In these multiple gazes Japan is alternately modern and primitive, a place within which people are rootless or rooted. In the gaze of the media, attempts to see the 'real' Japan inevitably turn in on themselves, telling us as much about the viewer as the viewed. Ota lays out her account through a series of case studies, of contemporary Japanese cinema and anime, of travel narratives and film musicals, and of television news reporting. Sensitive and thoughtful, the cases are certain to make the reader want to go back to the originals, to view in a new light, whether for the first time or onceagain, the materials of which she writes. The volume is sure to be of interest to students of film, television, and new media. But it should also be useful to those interested in contemporary East Asia, and more broadly in the nature of globalization. -- Michael R. Curry, University of California, Los Angeles Carol Ota's The Relay of Gazes is at once a study of contemporary Japan and Japanese culture, of media representations, and of the construction of places. Drawing upon a wide range of theorists, but especially John Urry, James Howard Kunstler, and Michel Foucault, she lays out the ways in which the gazes of the insider, the visitor, and the outsider, directed at Japan, tell us something important about each. In these multiple gazes Japan is alternately modern and primitive, a place within which people are rootless or rooted. In the gaze of the media, attempts to see the 'real' Japan inevitably turn in on themselves, telling us as much about the viewer as the viewed. Ota lays out her account through a series of case studies, of contemporary Japanese cinema and anime, of travel narratives and film musicals, and of television news reporting. Sensitive and thoughtful, the cases are certain to make the reader want to go back to the originals, to view in a new light, whether for the first time or once again, the materials of which she writes. The volume is sure to be of interest to students of film, television, and new media. But it should also be useful to those interested in contemporary East Asia, and more broadly in the nature of globalization. -- Michael R. Curry, University of California, Los Angelesshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Gaze from Within: Part I: Dreamscapes of Contemporary Japanese Cinema Part II: Liminal Spaces and Allegorical Quests: Anime of Hayao Miyazaki Chapter 3 The Gaze of the Visitor: Associative Thinking and "New Sociations" through Diaristic Travel Narratives Chapter 4 The Gaze from a Distance: False Quests in Contemporary Cross Cultural Film Musicals Chapter 5 American Televisual Gazes: Ambivalence and Interconnectedness Chapter 6 Conclusions Chapter 7 Filmography Chapter 8 Supplemental Reading List Chapter 9 Bibliographyshow more

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