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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18798

Title: Coping With Capitalism: Monsters and the Spectre of Excess in Spirited Away, Onmyoji, and Tokyo Babylon
Authors: Lapointe, Catherine
Advisor: Keirstead, Thomas
Department: East Asian Studies
Keywords: Onmyoji
Miyazaki
Spirited Away
Monsters
Anime
Issue Date: 14-Feb-2010
Abstract: This thesis is intended to illustrate that monsters, as beings made of pure culture, embody social anxieties and can be deployed as a means of protest. Therefore this thesis examines monsters in Japanese anime, manga, and film that embody the excesses of capitalism. The first chapter examines Spirited Away and how capitalism’s excesses create monsters such as over consumption, greed, and loss of identity through the disintegration of social relationships. The second chapter examines modern onmyoji and why they are different from their ancient counterpart, especially with regards to the commodification of women and the alienation of others. By examining the societal ills that have created monsters we can determine if these representatives of capitalist excess can be managed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18798
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