Interpreting Anime

by Christopher Bolton


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"Having just completed Interpreting Anime, I come away convinced that Christopher Bolton is simply the best scholar writing on anime at the current moment. His readings apply a gamut of approaches, from postmodernism to gender studies to individual texts, but they remain accessible and consistently fascinating, inspiring a deeper appreciation of this protean medium. The book is an intellectual joy to read." —Susan J. Napier, Tufts University

"A remarkable book, Interpreting Anime explores how to approach this genre in an intelligent, insightful way. Christopher Bolton's readings are sophisticated without being overwrought or turgid--they are well argued, but leave room for the reader to speculate, contest, and take them further." —Michael Dylan Foster, University of California, Davis

"In his brilliant, acute, and always accessible Interpreting Anime, Christopher Bolton applies deep knowledge of Japanese aesthetic traditions, global media culture, and posthumanist theory to close readings of some of the most artistically ambitious and culturally significant works of the artform. Showing anime fans the beauties of theory and scholars the profundities of anime, Bolton recounts a specifically Japanese history of cyborg art, while offering insights into that most neglected and ubiquitous category of experience, fiction itself." —Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, DePauw University

"intelligent and understandable. …Highly recommended." —John Lent, Choice

"The analytical processes in each chapter are readable, thorough, and compelling, making this text accessible and persuasive. …Overall, Bolton has crafted a meaningful contribution to the scholarship of reading, one able to transcend its subject matter—anime—and speak to readers everywhere, those who seek as full, as complete an engagement with their texts as possible."
 —Timothy Iles, The Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies

"Absolutely invaluable." –Mikhail Koulikov, Anime and Manga Studies Blog

"…provides an excellent illustration of the way in which theory can be utilized in the analysis of anime. …There is no doubt that this book will find a home in the reading lists of most courses on anime, and provide both students and teachers of the subject with encouragement and stimulation." –Thomas E. McAuley, East Asian Journal of Popular Culture

"Bolton explains complex webs of theory patiently, lucidly, elegantly and concisely. …[Interpreting Anime] dares go deeper than the stories in anime, but its discussions have the rhythms of good stories themselves." —Andrew Osmond, Blog

"Along with his lucid and accessible language, Bolton’s well-balanced and sophisticated discussion makes this study an ideal choice for students and scholars who want a good overview of academic approaches to anime as well as for fans who seek more knowledge about the socio-cultural contexts of Japan. …Bolton’s book brings our attention back to anime’s epistemological value." –Kumiko Saito, Science Fiction Studies