Introduction: The Specters of a Wandering Mind 1. Ghosts and Spirits in Early Japanology 2. Ghostly Maidens in Sidney McCall's Fiction 3. Japonisme and the Female Gothic 4. Nuclear Criticism and a Deferred Reading of the Toho Terror 5. Japan Inc. and the American Nightmare 6. Atemporality and Communal Ethics in the Films of Shimizu Takashi 7. Difference and Doubt in Christopher Nolan's Inception Conclusion: Haunted Echo Chambers
Japan is imagined routinely in American discourse as a supernatural entity. Gothic tales from these two cultures have been exchanged, consumed, and adapted. Here, Blouin examines a prevalent tendency within the United States-Japan cultural relationship to project anxiety outward only to find shadowy outlines of the self abroad.