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Oh the horror!: Genre and the fantastic mode in Japanese cinema
2016 (English)In: Asia in Focus: A Nordic journal on Asia by early career researchers, ISSN 2446-0001, no 3, 36-45 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Ever since the emergence of the so-called J-horror in the late 1990s and early 21st century, Japanese horror cinema has been a staple of both Japanese studies and film studies. Researchers, critics and film directors alike have been keen to observe and analyze the popularity and roots of the phenomenon. While many previous studies work extremely well on a detailed case-study level, there are many moments of confusion related to the general understanding of what horror actually is. My aim in this essay is to point out the various contradictions and differing opinions and, ultimately, to propose that we take an alternative outlook altogether. I suggest we approach the subject matter from the viewpoint of the fantastic, which I see as a mode visible in various genres including but not limited to, horror. This will position Japanese horror cinema as one element within the long tradition of fantastic representations in Japanese (popular) culture, both offering a new approach to old works and introducing new works as interesting analyzable content.

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Copenhagen: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, 2016. no 3, 36-45 p.
Keyword [en]
Japan, horror, fantastic, film, genre
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Studies on Film
Research subject
Film and TV
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URN: urn:nbn:se:norden:org:diva-4513OAI: oai:DiVA.org:norden-4513DiVA: diva2:1120022
Available from: 2017-07-05 Created: 2017-07-05 Last updated: 2017-11-29

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