chapter  10
Medieval Genealogies of Manga and Anime Horror
ByRajyashree Pandey
Pages 18

We are all familiar with what by now has become a common reading of Japan as the site of the postmodern. In one version of this reading, Japan has always displayed characteristics of the postmodern. The decentering and dispersal of modern subjectivity, the absence of logocentrism, and Japan’s image as the empire of signs all point to a Japan that is postmodern before the fact (Barthes 1983).1