Planet Cosplay: Costume Play, Identity and Global Fandom

by Paul Mountfort, Anne Peirson-Smith, & Adam Geczy (2019)

- Cosplay -- Social aspects.

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 in clude 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 in cluding 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 in to its subject matter, but also a narrative of the development of cosplay and scholarly approaches to it.

Part 1: Critical Practice
1. Cosplay as Citation
2. Cosphotography and Fan Capital
3. Cosplay at Armageddon
Part II: Ethnographies
4. Cos/play
5. Cosplay Sites
6. Cos/creation
Part III: Provocations
7. Proto-Cosplay
8. Cosgender/Cosqueer
9. Cosporn
Conclusion: Cosplay Futures


- Dr Paul Mountfort is Chair of the AUT Centre for Creative Writing where he has had a supervision role in over 40 postgraduate supervision projects. He is a founding member and Vice-President of PopCAANZ (Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand) and sits on the editorial boards of The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture (UK: Intellect) and IOFOR Journal of Asian Studies. His research interests in clude oracle-texts in popular culture, transmedia storytelling, street photography and cosplay.
- Dr Anne Peirson-Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, City University of Hong Kong. She teaches and researches fashion studies, fashion culture and communication, popular culture, advertising and branding and is currently researching the subject of Cosplay and youth fashion style in South East Asia with the aid of a Hong Kong Government funded research grant.
- Dr Adam Geczy is an artist and writer who is Senior Lecturer at Sydney College of the Arts, a Faculty of the University of Sydney. With twenty years of artistic practice, his video in stallations and performance-based works have been exhibited throughout Australasia, Asia and Europe to considerable critical acclaim.


Mountfort, Paul / Peirson-Smith, Anne / Geczy, Adam [1969-]
Planet Cosplay: Costume Play, Identity and Global Fandom.
Bristol: Intellect / Chicago, IL: Intellect, The University of Chicago Press 2019, vii, 298 p., ill., 30 cm.
ISBN 9781783209569 (hb., GBP 72,00)
ISBN 9781783209583 (pdf)
ISBN 9781783209576 (epub)
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