CFP: Anime: Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki (6/15/04; collection)

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CFP: Book Proposal for Japanese Animation: Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, and Studio Ghibli
Deadline for proposals: June 15, 2004

With the explosion of anime imported into American book, television, and film industries, this book offers the opportunity for scholars to consider the impressive and popular appeal of films produced through the Japanese animation studio, Ghibli. At the forefront is Hayao Miyazaki, who most recently has received international acclaim in both the United States (an Oscar for best animated film -- 2003) and in Germany (tied for the Golden Bear -- 2003) for his work, Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi). However, Miyazaki has been for many years a critical and economic success both in his native Japan as well as in other Asian countries. In addition, with the release of many of his animated works in the United States through a highly publicized distribution deal with Disney, there is rising interest in discussing his body of work. Scholarly discussion of these films is much needed because Studio Ghibli films, through their stunning animated scenes of flight and wonder n!
ot only celebrate humanity but also ask complex questions about human's relationship to nature as well as to each other. The films, therefore, have that rare quality: immensely popular yet will reward critical inquiry. An editor at the University of Mississippi Press has expressed considerable interest in this project.

I invite submissions on any film (or text) produced by this Studio from a variety of methodological approaches (sociological, literary, film studies, cultural studies, Asian studies, etc.). Articles should be 6500-7500 words long and include what and how many illustrations will be needed.

Please send a proposal of 250-500 words and a CV/resume by June 15, 2004 to e-mail or snail mail address below. (Early inquiries and submissions are highly encouraged).
Final drafts of articles will be due: November 1, 2004

snail mail: Wendy Goldberg
        United States Coast Guard Academy
        Dept. of Humanities (dhe)
                15 Mohegan Ave.
                New London, CT 06230

note: I have particular interest in scholarly articles covering the lesser known or studied of the Studio Ghibli films (Porco Rosso, PonPoko, Whisper of the Heart, Omohide Poroporo (Only Yesterday), Grave of the Fireflies, Kiki's Delivery Service, Laputa: Castle in the Sky).

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