Category Archives: sci fi

Speaking back to Techno-Orientalism (a partial syllabus)

From my class attempting to move the inquiries of Techno-Orientalism beyond the study of English-language writers – here’s parts of the syllabus I got to teach this quarter to a motivated set of students at UCR. I wrote this (and am … Continue reading

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Anime from Akira to Howl’s Moving Castle: Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation by Susan Napier

Napier, Susan. Anime from Akira to Howl’s Moving Castle: Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation. New York: Palgrave Macmillian, 2001. One of the first long-format works that critically engaged with anime in a critical way, focusing on its narrative aspects (rather than … Continue reading

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The Anime Machine: A Media Theory of Animation by Tom LaMarre

LaMarre, Thomas. The Anime Machine: A Media Theory of Animation.  Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009. LaMarre’s interest in “looking at the specificity of animation is the possibility for thinking the modern or postmodern technological condition with greater specificity.”  He … Continue reading

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Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams: Japanese Science Fiction from Origins to Anime

Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams: Japanese Science Fiction from Origins to Anime. Edited by Christopher Bolton, Istvan Csicsery-Ronay Jr, Takayuki Tatsumi.Minneapolis:University ofMinnesota Press, 2007. Pp. xxii+269. $20. Although no single work can ever completely and thoroughly inform a reader of … Continue reading

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A short write up on Suna no Ona / Woman in the Dunes by Abe Kobo

Plot: A schoolteacher insect collector heads to the dunes of Japan for a three day trip to try to find a new variety of sand beetle. He ends up in a small village that is being overridden by sand, and … Continue reading

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The Cage of Zeus by Sayuri Ueda

About The Cage of Zeus by Sayuri Ueda It was all about the possibility of bi-gendered people in the future. First off, I really want to get a hold of the Japanese for this book, because the translation must have … Continue reading

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Abe Kobo’s Box Man and other whittering

That being said, I read Abe Kobo’s The Box Man today, and just as I remembered, it was awesome. While reading I wondered if Abe was doing a commentary on Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. Though looking up when Invisible Man … Continue reading

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