Title

Ukiyo.

Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation

5-2006

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

English

Committee Chair

Skinner, Jeffrey T.

Author's Keywords

Original writing

Subject

Fantasy fiction, American; Fantasy fiction, Japanese

Abstract

This creative thesis follows the opening story arc to a larger fiction project in the genre of high fantasy fiction. Structurally and stylistically, by incorporating contemporary contributions to the genre from Japanese popular culture, this story immerses itself in American-Japanese syncretism. This work confronts two central challenges: first, as an American writer, to faithfully integrate conventions originating from a Japanese cultural context; second, to find written analogues for conventions currently anchored to the visual mediums of anime, manga and video games. What post-war Japan has made of the high fantasy genre increasingly saturates American pop culture. It remains to be seen how Americans will re-contextualize modern Japanese high fantasy. Working with central concepts to Japanese high fantasy, such as Murakami's superflat, Edo Period's ukiyo-e art style, and Shinto's ch'eng spiritual state, this story attempts to participate in a paradigm shift occurring in the visual channels of American pop culture.

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