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Author Lunning, Frenchy
Title Mechademia 6 : User Enhanced
Imprint Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2011
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Note Cover -- Contents -- Introduction -- Countering Domestication -- Under the Ruffles: Shojo and the Morphology of Power -- Girliness Next to Godliness: Lolita Fandom as Sacred Criminality in the Novels of Takemoto Novala -- Beyond Domesticating Animal Love -- Exploited and Mobilized: Poverty and Work in Contemporary Manga -- Commodity-Life -- Tezuka Is Dead: Manga in Transformation and Its Dysfunctional Discourse -- How Characters Stand Out -- Manga Translation and Interculture -- Speciesism, Part III: Neoteny and the Politics of Life -- Photo Play -- Out of the Closet: The Fancy Phenomenon -- Desiring Economies -- Anatomy of Permutational Desire, Part II: Bellmer's Dolls and Oshii's Gynoids -- Desire in Subtext: Gender, Fandom, and Women's Male-Male Homoerotic Parodies in Contemporary Japan -- The Sacrificial Economy of Cuteness in Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat in Space -- Flower Tribes and Female Desire: Complicating Early Female Consumption of Male Homosexuality in Shojo Manga -- Untimely Effects -- Transformation of Semantics in the History of Japanese Subcultures since 1992 -- The Logic of Digital Gaming -- Tsuge Yoshiharu and Postwar Japan: Travel, Memory, and Nostalgia -- Implicational Spectatorship: Hara Setsuko and the Queer Joke -- Review and Commentary -- War for Entertainment: The Sky Crawlers -- Volition in the Face of Absurdity -- The Past Presents the Future: Toward the Terra -- Torendo -- Wherein the Author Documents Her Experience as a Porcelain Doll -- Contributors -- Call for Papers
Manga and anime inspire a wide range of creative activities for fans: blogging and contributing to databases, making elaborate cosplay costumes, producing dôjinshi (amateur) manga and scanlations, and engaging in fansubbing and DIY animation. Indeed, fans can no longer be considered passive consumers of popular culture easily duped by corporations and their industrial-capitalist ideologies. They are now more accurately described as users, in whose hands cultural commodities can provide instant gratification but also need to be understood as creative spaces that can be inhabited, modified, and enhanced.User Enhanced, the sixth volume of the Mechademia series, examines the implications of this transformation from consumer to creator. Why do manga characters lend themselves so readily to user enhancement? What are the limitations on fan creativity? Are fans simply adding value to corporate properties with their enhancements? And can the productivity and creativity of user activities be transformed into genuine cultural enrichment and social engagement? Through explorations of the vitality of manga characters, the formal and structural open-endedness of manga, the role of sexuality and desire in manga and anime fandom, the evolution of the Lolita fashion subculture, the contemporary social critique embodied in manga like Helpman! and Ikigami, and gamer behavior within computer games, User Enhanced suggests that commodity enhancement may lead as easily to disengagement and isolation as to interaction, connection, and empowerment.Contributors: Brian Bergstrom; Lisa Blauersouth; Aden Evens, Dartmouth College; Andrea Horbinski; Itô Gô, Tokyo Polytechnic U; Paul Jackson; Yuka Kanno; Shion Kono, Sophia U, Tokyo; Thomas Lamarre, McGill U; Christine L. Marran, U of Minnesota; Miyadai Shinji, Tokyo Metropolitan U; Miyamoto Hirohito, Meiji U; Livia Monnet, U
of Montreal; Miri Nakamura, Wesleyan U; Matthew Penney, Concordia U, Montreal; Emily Raine; Brian Ruh; Kumiko Saito, Bowling Green State U; Rio Saitô, College of Visual Arts, St. Paul; Cathy Sell; James Welker, U of British Columbia; Yoshikuni Igarashi, Vanderbilt U
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Lunning, Frenchy Mechademia 6 : User Enhanced Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press,c2011 9780816677344
Subject Business.;Interpersonal communication.;Selling
Electronic books
Alt Author Lamarre, Thomas
Bergstrom, Brian
Marran, Christine L
Matthew, Penney
Go, Ito
Nakamura, Associate Professor of Asian Languages and Literatures Miri
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