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Dialectics of the Goddess in Japanese Audiovisual Culture, Lorenzo J. Torres Hortelano (ed.) (2018) Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 161 pp., ISBN 978-1-49857-014-5, h/bk, £60.00 ISBN 978-1-49857-015-2, e-book, £60.00

Dialectics of the Goddess in Japanese Audiovisual Culture presents a study of how female figures linked to the idea of Goddess have been represented by the Japanese screen industry. The originality of this work lies in proposing an analysis of the representation of renewed mythical female figures in the contemporary screen industry. Thus, contributors highlight the role of the media as a powerful machine for creating modern myths and demonstrate how Japan has produced a strong iconography of female deities and other pseudo-religious entities. The book assesses how these female figures, coming from the Japanese cultural tradition, have been transgressed, perverted and updated metaphorically or literally in media characters.
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Keywords: Goddess; Japanese media; deities; female characters; gender; myths

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of London

Publication date: April 1, 2019

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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