"Miyazakiworld" by Susan Napier

Miyazakiworld A Life in Art Susan Napier

Publication date:
16 Oct 2018
Yale University Press
344 pages: 197 x 152mm
20 color + 15 b-w illus.

A thirtieth century toxic jungle, a bathhouse for tired gods, a red–haired fish girl and a furry woodland spirit—what do these have in common? They all spring from the brain of Hayao Miyazaki, one of the greatest living animators, known worldwide for films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and The Wind Rises.
In this engaging book, Japanese culture and animation scholar Susan Napier explores the life and art of this extraordinary Japanese filmmaker to provide a definitive account of his oeuvre. Napier insightfully illuminates the multiple themes crisscrossing his work, from empowered women to environmental nightmares to utopian dreams, creating an unforgettable portrait of a man whose art challenged Hollywood dominance and ushered in a new chapter of global popular culture.

Susan Napier is the Goldthwaite Professor of Rhetoric and Japanese Studies at Tufts University. She is the author of Anime from Akira to "Howl’s Moving Castle": Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation, among other books. She lives in Medford, MA.