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Anime and the Art of Adaptation by Dani Cavallaro
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Jan 25, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: reviewed-for-gmr
Read from January 25 to February 10, 2011

Unfortunately, Cavallaro’s academic style prevents all but college students assigned this text from ever penetrating its pages. For example:

Therefore, the two works benefit exponentially from parallel exploration of their respective semiotic webs — a critical venture that ultimately enhances not only our understanding of the two works as distinct entities but also of a third party: the hypothetical third text, as it were, brought into being by their dynamic interplay.

Bloated sentences, like the one above, used to encapsulate Critical Theory 101 topics obscure any worthwhile information. It places the her work out of the hands of the casual consumer of theory as well as the hand of passionate anime fans.

My full review appeared on the Sleeping Hedgehog, here.

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