A Drifting Life

Author: Yoshihiro Tatsumi

Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly

ISBN: 9781897299746

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 840

View: 8809

The epic autobiography of a manga master Acclaimed for his visionary short-story collections The Push Man and Other Stories, Abandon the Old in Tokyo, and Good-Bye--originally created nearly forty years ago, but just as resonant now as ever--the legendary Japanese cartoonist Yoshihiro Tatsumi has come to be recognized in North America as a precursor of today's graphic novel movement. A Drifting Life is his monumental memoir eleven years in the making, beginning with his experiences as a child in Osaka, growing up as part of a country burdened by the shadows of World War II. Spanning fifteen years from August 1945 to June 1960, Tatsumi's stand-in protagonist, Hiroshi, faces his father's financial burdens and his parents' failing marriage, his jealous brother's deteriorating health, and the innumerable pitfalls that await him in the competitive manga market of mid-twentieth-century Japan. He dreams of following in the considerable footsteps of his idol, the manga artist Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy, Apollo's Song, Ode to Kirihito, Buddha)--with whom Tatsumi eventually became a peer and, at times, a stylistic rival. As with his short-story collection, A Drifting Life is designed by Adrian Tomine.

Manga's Cultural Crossroads

Author: Jaqueline Berndt,Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134102909

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 319

View: 7485

Focusing on the art and literary form of manga, this volume examines the intercultural exchanges that have shaped manga during the twentieth century and how manga’s culturalization is related to its globalization. Through contributions from leading scholars in the fields of comics and Japanese culture, it describes "manga culture" in two ways: as a fundamentally hybrid culture comprised of both subcultures and transcultures, and as an aesthetic culture which has eluded modernist notions of art, originality, and authorship. The latter is demonstrated in a special focus on the best-selling manga franchise, NARUTO.

Graphic History

Author: Richard Iadonisi

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 144384358X

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 295

View: 2808

When it comes to recounting history, issues arise as to whose stories are told and how reliable is the telling. This collection of fourteen essays explores the unique ways in which graphic novels can aid us in addressing those issues while shedding new light on a variety of texts, including those by canonical North American and European writers Art Spiegelman (Maus, In the Shadow of No Towers), Alan Moore (From Hell, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), Frank Miller (The Dark Knight Returns), Chris Ware (Jimmy Corrigan), Chester Brown (Louis Riel), and Harvey Pekar. Recognizing the global appeal of graphic novels, this collection also provides a fresh look at history seen through the eyes of canonical non-Western writers Marjane Starapi (Persepolis) and Yoshihiro Tatsumi (A Drifting Life) and the highly vexed relationship of the West and the Middle East. The array of contributors (from the fields of art, literature, history, and cultural studies) is matched by the array of theoretical perspectives and by the depth and breadth of subjects, ranging from the sixteenth century voyages of Sebastian Cabot to Jack the Ripper, from the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 to lynching in the early twentieth-century American South, and from post-war Japan to the fall of the Shah in Iran.


Author: Adam Geczy,Jonathan McBurnie

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 1978828675

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 363

View: 6982

Critical studies of the graphic novel have often employed methodologies taken from film theory and art criticism. Yet, as graphic novels from Maus to Watchmen entered the literary canon, perhaps the time has come to develop theories for interpreting and evaluating graphic novels that are drawn from classic models of literary theory and criticism. Using the methodology of Georg Lukács and his detailed defense of literary realism as a socially embedded practice, Litcomix tackles difficult questions about reading graphic novels as literature. What critical standards should we use to measure the quality of a graphic novel? How does the genre contribute to our understanding of ourselves and the world? What qualities distinguish it from other forms of literature? LitComix hones its theoretical approach through case studies taken from across the diverse world of comics, from Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s groundbreaking manga to the Hernandez Brothers’ influential alt-comix. Whether looking at graphic novel adaptations of Proust or considering how Jack Kirby’s use of intertextuality makes him the Balzac of comics, this study offers fresh perspectives on how we might appreciate graphic novels as literature.

Chinese Stories

Author: 焦波

Publisher: 五洲传播出版社

ISBN: 9787508503479

Category: China

Page: 246

View: 8858

This is a book recording the normal life of some ordinary Chinese with plenty of excellent essays and pictures. China boasts an ancient civilization of 5,000 years, which has nourished the hearts and souls of all Chinese and could also help explain all good and bad things in the characters of the Chinese nation. The ordinary Chinese have diversified experiences and destinies, and of course, different personalities, too. Nevertheless, they share many similarities which are deeply rooted in the country's ancient civilization. In this book the many diverse lives of some "ordinary" Chinese are brought together, uniting them as a people and yet granting them their undeniable individuality. In its second volume, Chinese Stories continues to deliver the stories of the everyday modern Chinese with all their diversity and unwavering devotion to hold on to their culture by tradition.

A History of Modern Chinese Popular Literature

Author: Boqun Fan

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107068568

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 831

View: 4998

The first English translation of one of the most authoritative and significant studies in the field of modern Chinese literature.

Contemporary World Fiction

Author: Juris Dilevko,Keren Dali,Glenda Garbutt

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1591583535


Page: 526

View: 1814

This much-needed guide to translated literature offers readers the opportunity to hear from, learn about, and perhaps better understand our shrinking world from the perspective of insiders from many cultures and traditions. In a globalized world, knowledge about non-North American societies and cultures is a must. Contemporary World Fiction: A Guide to Literature in Translation provides an overview of the tremendous range and scope of translated world fiction available in English. In so doing, it will help readers get a sense of the vast world beyond North America that is conveyed by fiction titles from dozens of countries and language traditions. Within the guide, approximately 1,000 contemporary non-English-language fiction titles are fully annotated and thousands of others are listed. Organization is primarily by language, as language often reflects cultural cohesion better than national borders or geographies, but also by country and culture. In addition to contemporary titles, each chapter features a brief overview of earlier translated fiction from the group. The guide also provides in-depth bibliographic essays for each chapter that will enable librarians and library users to further explore the literature of numerous languages and cultural traditions. * Over 1,000 annotated contemporary world fiction titles, featuring author's name; title; translator; publisher and place of publication; genre/literary style/story type; an annotation; related works by the author; subject keywords; and original language * 9 introductory overviews about classic world fiction titles * Extensive bibliographical essays about fiction traditions in other countries * 5 indexes: annotated authors, annotated titles, translators, nations, and subjects/keywords

The Purpose-Driven Career

Author: Aji R. Michael

Publisher: Aji R. Michael

ISBN: 0992714230

Category: Self-Help

Page: 86

View: 9534

Aji Michael, a brilliant new voice in the multigenerational workplace, explains how today’s workforce can get ahead in life and achieve personal success. What could have been responsible for the first love that many people initially had for their jobs? Why is the feeling of elation they first had when they got their jobs now thrown into the dustbin of history? With the seemingly daily financial crises around the world, people realize that they cannot control the environment, the economy, or war or crime, but have become increasingly aggressive in their search for happiness. There are countless experts around the world all offering their points of views; theories, exercises, and recommendations for helping people improve their happiness. The Purpose Driven Career explains that being happy is not tied to a job or how much you earn, it gives a step by step guide to how today’s workforce could easily find happiness, joy, fulfillment, and purpose in their career no matter the title or company. In The Purpose Driven Career, Aji lays out the specific steps and inner mindset of getting other people become emotionally invested in your advancement. The book gives insights into what today’s workforce wants; they want enough, but not too much money; they want to be respected, but more importantly, they want to be happy, and they want to be in a position where they wake up in the morning looking forward to the day ahead. The question is no longer, "how much do we earn", but rather "do we enjoy doing our jobs?". You are probably thinking of quitting your job or you have your resignation letter written already. Hold on. You’ll find out you won’t need to after you have read this book because by then, you would have regained your lost motivation and passion for your job and would be ready to stay focused and give it your best. This may sound challenging, but it is not impossible—especially if someone who has done it before explains it to you, and that’s what Aji Michael did. Her goal is to help you to embrace and love your job as quickly and easily as possible. Through personal experience, compelling case studies, and current research on personal development and talent, Aji shows readers how to find happiness, joy, fulfillment, and purpose in their career no matter the title or company. The Purpose Driven Career will remain a classic for years to come.

The Cowboy

Author: Blake Allmendinger

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 019507243X

Category: Social Science

Page: 218

View: 1793

What are the connections between cattle branding and Christian salvation, between livestock castration and square dancing, between cattle rustling and the making of spurs and horsehair bridles in prison, between children's coloring books and cowboy poetry as it is practiced today? The Cowboy uses literary, historical, folkloric, and pop and cultural sources to document ways in which cowboys address religion, gender, economics, and literature. Arguing that cowboys are defined by the work they do, Allmendinger sets out in each chapter to investigate one form of labor (such as branding, castration, or rustling) in the cowboy's "work culture". He looks at early oral poems recited around campfires, on trail drives, at roundups, and at home in ranch bunkhouses, and at later poems, histories, and autobiographies written by cowboys about their work - most of which have never before received scholarly attention. Allmendinger shows how these texts address larger concerns than the work at hand - including art, morality, spirituality, and male sexuality. In addition to spotlighting little-known texts, art, and archival sources, The Cowboy examines the works of Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, Willa Cather, Louis L'Amour, Larry McMurtry, and others. Unique among studies of the American cowboy, Allmendinger's study looks at what cowboys thought of themselves, and the ways in which they represented those thoughts in their own prose, poetry, and artifacts. Richly illustrated with photographs of cowboys at work and at play, many previously unpublished, The Cowboy will interest scholars of American literature and history, and American Studies, as well as those interested in Western history and culture, folklore, and gender studies.

Remains of Life

Author: Wu He

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231544642

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 6206

On October 27, 1930, during a sports meet at Musha Elementary School on an aboriginal reservation in the mountains of Taiwan, a bloody uprising occurred unlike anything Japan had experienced in its colonial history. Before noon, the Atayal tribe had slain one hundred and thirty-four Japanese in a headhunting ritual. The Japanese responded with a militia of three thousand, heavy artillery, airplanes, and internationally banned poisonous gas, bringing the tribe to the brink of genocide. Nearly seventy years later, Chen Guocheng, a writer known as Wu He, or "Dancing Crane," investigated the Musha Incident to search for any survivors and their descendants. Remains of Life, a milestone of Chinese experimental literature, is a fictionalized account of the writer's experiences among the people who live their lives in the aftermath of this history. Written in a stream-of-consciousness style, it contains no paragraph breaks and only a handful of sentences. Shifting among observations about the people the author meets, philosophical musings, and fantastical leaps of imagination, Remains of Life is a powerful literary reckoning with one of the darkest chapters in Taiwan's colonial history.