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By Marc Steinberg

Lines of Sight—the 7th quantity within the Mechademia sequence, an annual discussion board dedicated to jap anime and manga—explores a few of the ways that anime, manga, electronic media, fan tradition, and jap art—from scroll work to superflat—challenge, undermine, or fail to remember the concept that of Cartesian (or one-point) point of view, the dominant mode of visible tradition within the West because the 17th century. greater than only a visible mode or geometric method, Cartesianism has formed approximately each point of recent rational notion, from arithmetic and technology to philosophy and history.

Framed by means of Thomas Lamarre’s creation, “Radical Perspectivalism,” the essays the following process jap pop culture as a visible mode that employs non-Cartesian formations, which by way of extension make attainable new configurations of notion and information. even if via shattering the appearance of visible or narrative seamlessness by using a number of layers or abnormal layouts, blurring the divide among viewer and writer, offering various views inside a unmarried murals, or rejecting dualism, causality, and different hallmarks of Cartesianism, anime and manga provide of their radicalization of standpoint the possibility of aesthetic or even political transformation.

Contributors: David Beynon, Deakin U; Fujimoto Yukari, Meiji U; Yuriko Furuhata, McGill U; Craig Jackson, Ohio Wesleyan U; Reginald Jackson, U of Chicago; Thomas Lamarre, McGill U; Jinying Li; Waiyee Loh; Livia Monnet, U of Montreal; Sharalyn Orbaugh, U of British Columbia; Stefan Riekeles; Atsuko Sakaki, U of Toronto; Miryam Sas, U of California, Berkeley; Timon Screech, U of London; Emily Somers; Marc Steinberg, Concordia U.

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