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Dreamland Japan: Writings on Modern Manga

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Essential reading for fans, literati, and anyone interested in the shape of visual culture to come.
Paperback, 360 pages
Published July 1st 1998 by Stone Bridge Press (first published September 1st 1996)
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Sep 08, 2015 GONZA rated it really liked it
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Very interesting excursus on mangas and many of its most famous authors. There is also a sort of Psychologica/Sociological/Anthropological explanation about the popularity of comics in modern Japan.

Un excursus molto interessante sui manga e sui suoi autori piú famosi; inoltre c'é ache una teoria di tipo psicologico/sociologico/antropologica che tenta di spiegare il perché dell'immensa popolaritá di questi fumetti nel Giappone contemporaneo.
Jan 18, 2015 Kam rated it really liked it
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Interesting and quite complete, really interesting to get an introductory (and also a further) view of the world of manga. Quite up-to-date, is a good guide to unknowers and also to already introduced-on-the-subject readers. Nevertheless, I didn't like the exhaustive study on some author's art at the end of the book.
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Schodt is one of the pioneers of the West who first studied manga, and his analysis is measured and insightful. Schodt avoids the sensationalism and ideological blindness of other Western treatments of Japanese pop culture and communicates his love for the medium.
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Frederik L. Schodt is an American translator, interpreter and writer.

Schodt's father was in the US foreign service, and he grew up in Norway, Australia, and Japan. The family first went to Japan in 1965 when Schodt was fifteen. They left in 1967 but Schodt remained to graduate from Tokyo's American School in Japan, in 1968. After entering the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1970 Schodt
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