Identity as Monstrosity in Contemporary Japan: Crises of the Fluctuating Self in Spirited Away, Paprika, and Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence.

Inch, Lauren Michelle.


  • This paper examines crises of identity as they are portrayed in Miyazaki Hayao's Spirited Away, Satoshi Kon's Paprika, and Oshii Mamoru's Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, and focuses on the fact that traits of fantasy and monstrosity are used as vehicles to explore the self. Such representation reflects the doubts of a society in which people are often uncomfortable with, or lack understanding of,... read more
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