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New Spaces for Old Motifs? The Virtual Worlds of Japanese Cyberpunk

College of International Relations, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto 603-8577, Japan
Received: 3 July 2018 / Revised: 24 September 2018 / Accepted: 2 October 2018 / Published: 5 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cyberpunk in a Transnational Context)
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North-American cyberpunk’s recurrent use of high-tech Japan as “the default setting for the future,” has generated a Japonism reframed in technological terms. While the renewed representations of techno-Orientalism have received scholarly attention, little has been said about literary Japanese science fiction. This paper attempts to discuss the transnational construction of Japanese cyberpunk through Masaki Gorō’s Venus City (Vīnasu Shiti, 1992) and Tobi Hirotaka’s Angels of the Forsaken Garden series (Haien no tenshi, 2002–). Elaborating on Tatsumi’s concept of synchronicity, it focuses on the intertextual dynamics that underlie the shaping of those texts to shed light on Japanese cyberpunk’s (dis)connections to techno-Orientalism as well as on the relationships between literary works, virtual worlds and reality. View Full-Text
Keywords: Japanese science fiction; cyberpunk; techno-Orientalism; Masaki Gorō; Tobi Hirotaka; virtual worlds; intertextuality Japanese science fiction; cyberpunk; techno-Orientalism; Masaki Gorō; Tobi Hirotaka; virtual worlds; intertextuality
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Taillandier, D. New Spaces for Old Motifs? The Virtual Worlds of Japanese Cyberpunk. Arts 2018, 7, 60.

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