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Millennial Monsters


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List of Illustrations Foreword 1. Enchanted Commodities 2. From Ashes to Cyborgs: The Era of Reconstruction (1945--1960) 3. Millennial Japan: Intimate Alienation and New Age Intimacies 4. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The First Crossover Superheroes 5. Fierce Flesh: Sexy Schoolgirls in the Action Fantasy of Sailor Moon 6. Tamagotchi: The Prosthetics of Presence 7. Pokemon: Getting Monsters and Communicating Capitalism 8. "Gotta Catch 'Em All": The Pokemonization of America (and the World) Epilogue Notes References Index

About the Author

Anne Allison is Professor and Chair of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University, and author of Permitted and Prohibited Desires: Mothers, Comics, and Censorship in Japan (UC Press, 2000) and Nightwork: Sexuality, Pleasure, and Corporate Masculinity in a Tokyo Hostess Club (1994).


"Allison manages to present these play commodities in a way that says something fresh about Japan, about the hoary notion of globalization, and about contemporary intersections of capitalism, culture, and pleasure. Millennial Monsters is clearly an important book - important because the subject is of such broad interest, and because Allison's analytic interpretation is clear, powerful, and provocative." - William Kelley, Professor of Anthropology and Sumitomo Professor of Japanese Studies, Yale University"

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