Paper $49.00 ISBN: 9781789381511 Published September 2019 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
Cloth $96.00 ISBN: 9781783209569 Published April 2019 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe

Planet Cosplay

Costume Play, Identity and Global Fandom

Edited by Paul Mountfort, Anne Peirson-Smith and Adam Geczy

Planet Cosplay

Edited by Paul Mountfort, Anne Peirson-Smith and Adam Geczy

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

308 pages | 82 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2018
Paper $49.00 ISBN: 9781789381511 Published September 2019 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
Cloth $96.00 ISBN: 9781783209569 Published April 2019 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
This book examines cosplay from a set of ground-breaking disciplinary approaches, highlighting the latest and emerging discourses around this popular cultural practice. Planet Cosplay is authored by widely-published scholars in this field, examining the central aspects of cosplay ranging from sources and sites to performance and play, from sex and gender to production and consumption. Topics discussed include the rise of cosplay as a cultural phenomenon and its role in personal, cultural, and global identities. Planet Cosplay provides a unique, multifaceted examination of the practice from theoretical bases including popular cultural studies, performance studies, gender studies, and transmedia studies. As the title suggests, the book’s purview is global, encompassing some of the main centers of cosplay throughout the United States Asia  Europe and Australasia. Each of the chapters offers not only a set of entry points into its subject matter, but also a narrative of the development of cosplay and scholarly approaches to it.
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"Little book-length scholarly analysis of cosplay has been published to date. [The authors] seek to remedy that in this multidisciplinary, internationally focused exploration, which draws from popular culture, media studies, gender and queer studies, literary and historical scholarship, ethnographic observation, and interviews. The first of the book's three sections examines the performance of cosplay: costumes as citation of cultural texts, the place of photography, and behavior at a cosplay convention. Section 2 analyzes the subculture of cosplayers: costuming as play, cosplay sites, and the ethos of costume creation. The third section situates cosplay theoretically and historically, discussing costuming antecedents and theoretical ties to queer identity and pornography. . . . The authors reveal cosplay as a process of becoming, of redefinition of identity in relation to the body. The study is ultimately laudatory of cosplay as therapeutic and empowering. The book includes color photos documenting examples of cosplay. . . . Recommended."
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