On behalf of Mutual Images Research Association (Mira) and the Mutual Images journal editorial board, we would like to welcome you to the sixth issue of Mutual Images.
This Editorial is co-signed by the journal’s director, Marco Pellitteri, and by one of the main members and collaborators of Mira, Christopher J. Hayes: Chris, in fact, is responsible for the second section of this issue and has contributed in many ways to make this volume possible.
The present issue is, overall, divided into three sections: the first two sections are devoted to research articles, and the third section is devoted to book reviews and and exhibition reviews (more on the contents we offer in this issue later on). In this sense, we are happy to notice that Mutual Images, as a journal, is steadily growing and putting up some muscles, thanks to the continuous enthusiasm that young and senior researchers from many countries accord to our association and its initiatives. As an open-journal and open-access publication, Mutual Images journal is still young, but it is getting good results in two senses: among scholars, it is increasingly seen as a place in which interdisciplinary research papers can be submitted, seriously assessed and improved under the standards of a strict double blind peer review process; and formally, thanks to the progressive inclusion in academic indexes and cataloguing systems, which are a primary resource and parameter of recognition for academic journals. The road is still long, though, if anything, because many such indexes include new publications mainly on the basis of steady and long-term productivity in terms of volumes published (and other criteria on which we will not bore readers further).
Let us talk about this issue of Mutual Images.
This particular edition of the journal stems from [...]
Danesin, M. (2017), Beyond Time & Culture: The Revitalisation of Old Norse Literature and History in Yukimura Makoto’s Vinland Saga. Mutual Images, 2, 185–217.
Hernández-Pérez, M. (2017), “Thinking of Spain in a flat way”: Visiting Spain and Spanish cultural heritage through contemporary Japanese anime | Mutual Images Journal. Mutual Images, 3, 43–69.
Miyake, T. (2014), Mostri del Giappone. Narrative, figure, egemonie della dis-locazione identitaria (‘Monsters from Japan: Narratives, figures, hegemonies of identitary dis-location’). Venice: Edizioni Ca’ Foscari. Https://iris.unive.it/handle/10278/3662223.
Miyake, T. (2010), L’estetica del mostruoso nel cinema di Miyazaki Hayao. In: Un’isola in levante. Saggi sul Giappone in onore di Adriana Boscaro (edited by Luisa Bienati and Matilde Mastrangelo), series ‘I Quaderni di Orientalistica di Phoenix — Scriptaweb’, 363-76. Https://iris.unive.it/handle/10278/3672677#.XQq19WT7Su4.
Pellitteri, M. (2018), Kawaii Aesthetics from Japan to Europe: Theory of the Japanese “Cute” and Transcultural Adoption of Its Styles in Italian and French Comics Production and Commodified Culture Goods. Arts, 7 (3), 24. Mdpi.com/2076-0752/7/3/24/htm.
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