Table of Contents
Module 1. REMEMBERING UNCOOL JAPAN: A Personal History
Godzilla & History
Godzilla & the Globe
Godzilla & the Visual Environment
[Visual Sidebar 1: What’s Up with What’s Up, Tiger Lily?] [Visual Sidebar 2: Matinee Idylls] [Visual Sidebar 3: Kaijū Diplomacy] [Visual Sidebar 4: Monster Archipelago] [Visual Sidebar 5: Tōhō & Toho]
Module 2. A KING IS BORN: Godzilla’s Multiple Origins
Behind the Camera
Monster Culture & Monster Commerce
Coming to America
[Visual Sidebar 1: Gods & Monsters] [Visual Sidebar 2: Godzilla’s Pacific Playground] [Visual Sidebar 3: Requiem for a Dragon] [Visual Sidebar 4: Girls with Pearls] [Visual Sidebar 5: Setting the Stage] [Visual Sidebar 6: The Puppet Master] [Visual Sidebar 7: Japan’s Other Honda] [Visual Sidebar 8: Creatures Old & New] [Visual Sidebar 9: Monster Mania] [Visual Sidebar 10: Card-Carrying Spooks] [Visual Sidebar 11: Strange Tales from a Strange Taleteller] [Visual Sidebar 12: Scars of War]
Module 3. GODZILLA CONQUERS THE GLOBE (under construction)
Module 4. DINOSAURS, DRAGONS & CREATURES OF THE DEEP (forthcoming in late 2015)
Module 5. ATOMIC DEMONS (under construction)
Module 6. JAPAN’S SECRET SPACE RACE (under construction)
READING SUGGESTIONS (under construction)
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About the Author
Gregory M. Pflugfelder is an Associate Professor of Japanese History at Columbia University. He teaches in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and is a faculty member of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute. His book-length publications include Seiji to daidokoro: Akita-ken joshi sanseiken undōshi (Politics and the kitchen: A history of the women’s suffrage movement in Akita Prefecture [in Japanese], 1986), Cartographies of Desire: Male-Male Sexuality in Japanese Discourse, 1600–1950 (1999), JAPANimals: History and Culture in Japan’s Animal Life (coedited with Brett L. Walker, 2005), and Pictures and Things: Bridging Visual and Material Culture in Japan (special issue of Impressions: The Journal of the Japanese Art Society of America, coedited with Jordan Sand, 2009).