Mapping Tokyo in Fiction and Film

  • Barbara E. Thornbury

Part of the Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies book series (GSLS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
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  3. Barbara E. Thornbury
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 207-233

About this book


Mapping Tokyo in Fiction and Film explores ways that late 20th- and early 21st- century fiction and film from Japan literally and figuratively map Tokyo. The four dozen novels, stories, and films discussed here describe, define, and reflect on Tokyo urban space.  They are part of the flow of Japanese-language texts being translated (or, in the case of film, subtitled) into English.  Circulation in professionally translated and subtitled English-language versions helps ensure accessibility to the primarily anglophone readers of this study—and helps validate inclusion in lists of world literature and film.  Tokyo’s well-established culture of mapping signifies much more than a profound attachment to place or an affinity for maps as artifacts.  It is, importantly, a counter-response to feelings of insecurity and disconnection—insofar as the mapping process helps impart a sense of predictability, stability, and placeness in the real and imagined city.   


Asian studies Japaneses studies spatial literary studies urban literary studies translation Japanese film with English subtitles Tokyo urban studies

Authors and affiliations

  • Barbara E. Thornbury
    • 1
  1. 1.Temple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-34275-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-34276-0
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