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Cute, Otaku, and Posthuman Aesthetics

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Publication date17/02/2022
Host publicationPalgrave Handbook of Critical Posthumanism
EditorsStefan Herbrechter, Ivan Callus, Manuela Rossini, Marija Grech, Megen de Bruin-Molé, Christopher John Müller
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9783030426811
<mark>Original language</mark>English


In this chapter, I suggest that the idea of posthuman art is problematic, given that art (or rather Art-with-a-capital-A) is a product precisely of Western Humanism. To find a posthuman aesthetic, I look instead to Japan and the notion of kawaii or cute and its manifestations in manga and anime and how they are consumed and understood by so-called otaku, obsessive fans of these media.