(Columbia University Press, 2019)
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Franz Prichard offers a pathbreaking analysis of the works wrought from Japan’s intensive urbanization in the the 1960s and 1970s. He maps the ways in which Japanese filmmakers, writers, photographers, and other artists came to grips with the entwined ecologies of a drastic transformation.
“This book provides a deeply fascinating view into a crucial trajectory that has not received enough attention in the study of media or visual arts in general, much less of Japan. The transition of media culture from the 1960s to the 1980s is deeply consequential for our situation today, and Prichard lays it out in surprising and lucid ways, always keeping an eye on the possibilities it contained. Immensely informative, this book will make a tremendous contribution to work on visual arts and to the study of the contexts of Japan.”
– Alexander Zahlten, Harvard University
Franz Prichard is assistant professor in the Department of East Asian Studies at Princeton University