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Dreamland Japan: Writings on Modern Manga

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  202 ratings  ·  9 reviews
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 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biblioteca
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.
Jul 29, 2019 marked it as couldn-t-finish
There's a ton of information in this book, but I was too bogged down by the author's verbose/excessively-academic writing to finish. I'm pretty sure I'm not in the intended audience, though, so I'll recommend Dreamland Japan to others who would enjoy it.
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Very informative, much like Manga! Manga!, but with a different format which works for and against the writing. Much of the book is taken from articles that Schodt had previously written and the rest is written in the same style. This helps to remember things if you're not familiar with anime and manga but for anyone with passing familiarity it ends up getting a little repetitive. Schodt also has a tendency towards predicting future trends in manga, which unfortunately dates the book. This is pa ...more
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: academic, non-fiction
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.
Mar 05, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Informative and insightful. Writing is interesting and easy to follow.
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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
“Japan is the first nation in the world to accord 'comic books'--originally a 'humorous' form of entertainment mainly for young people--nearly the same social status as novels and films.” 4 likes
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